Despoil meaning

dĭ-spoil
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.

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To ruin, especially by destroying or removing what is valuable.
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To deprive of something of value by or as by force; rob; plunder.
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To deprive for spoil; to take spoil from; to plunder; to rob; to pillage.
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To violently strip (someone), with indirect object of their possessions etc.; to rob.
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(obsolete) Plunder; spoliation.
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Origin of despoil

  • Middle English despoilen from Old French despoillier from Latin dēspoliāre dē- de- spoliāre to plunder (from spolium booty)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French despoiller (> French dépouiller), from Latin dēspoliō.

    From Wiktionary