Definitions for: Despoil

[v] destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
[v] steal goods; take as spoils; "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"

Webster (1913) Definition: De*spoil", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Despoiled; p. pr. &
vb. n. Despoiling.] [OF. despoiller, F. d['e]pouiller, L.
despoliare, despoliatum; de- + spoliare to strip, rob,
spolium spoil, booty. Cf. Spoil, Despoliation.]
1. To strip, as of clothing; to divest or unclothe. [Obs.]

2. To deprive for spoil; to plunder; to rob; to pillage; to
strip; to divest; -- usually followed by of.

The clothed earth is then bare, Despoiled is the
summer fair. --Gower.

A law which restored to them an immense domain of
which they had been despoiled. --Macaulay.

Despoiled of innocence, of faith, of bliss.

Syn: To strip; deprive; rob; bereave; rifle.

De*spoil", n.
Spoil. [Obs.] --Wolsey.

Synonyms: foray, loot, pillage, plunder, plunder, ransack, rape, reave, rifle, spoil, strip, violate

See Also: deplume, destroy, displume, ruin, take

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