Origin of despoilMiddle English despoilen from Old French despoiller from Classical Latin despoliare from de-, intensive + spoliare, to strip, rob: see spoil
transitive verbde·spoiled, de·spoil·ing, de·spoils
- To deprive of something valuable, especially by force; rob: The invaders despoiled the town of its art treasures. He was despoiled of his inheritance by crooked lawyers.
- To ruin, especially by destroying or removing what is valuable: “a landscape that had been raped and despoiled by coal mining” ( George Black )
Origin of despoilMiddle English despoilen from Old French despoillier from Latin dēspoliāre dē- de- spoliāre to plunder ( from spolium booty )
(third-person singular simple present despoils, present participle despoiling, simple past and past participle despoiled)
From Old French despoiller (> French dépouiller), from Latin dēspoliō.