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despoil

[dih-spoil] /dɪˈspɔɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English despoilen < Old French despoillier < Latin dēspoliāre to strip, rob, plunder, equivalent to dē- de- + spoliāre to plunder; see spoil
Related forms
despoiler, noun
despoilment, noun
undespoiled, adjective
Synonyms
dispossess, divest; rifle, sack; fleece.
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British Dictionary definitions for de-spoil

despoil

/dɪˈspɔɪl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to strip or deprive by force; plunder; rob; loot
Derived Forms
despoiler, noun
despoilment, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French despoillier, from Latin dēspoliāre, from de- + spoliāre to rob (esp of clothing); see spoil
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Word Origin and History for de-spoil

despoil

v.

c.1300, from Old French despoillier (12c., Modern French dépouiller) "to strip, rob, deprive of, steal, borrow," from Latin despoliare "to rob, despoil, plunder," from de- "entirely" (see de-) + spoliare "to strip of clothing, rob," from spolium "armor, booty" (see spoil (v.)). Related: Despoiled; despoiling.

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