The invaders despoiled the town of its art treasures. He was despoiled of his inheritance by crooked lawyers.
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.