Despoil Definition

dĭ-spoil
despoiled, despoiling, despoils
verb
despoiled, despoiling, despoils
To deprive of something of value by or as by force; rob; plunder.
Webster's New World
To ruin, especially by destroying or removing what is valuable.
American Heritage

To violently strip (someone), with indirect object of their possessions etc.; to rob.

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noun

(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

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