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[dih-spoh-lee-ey-shuh n] /dɪˌspoʊ liˈeɪ ʃən/
the act of plundering.
the fact or circumstance of being plundered.
Origin of despoliation
1650-60; < Late Latin dēspoliātiōn- (stem of dēspoliātiō), equivalent to Latin dēspoliāt(us) (past participle of dēspoliāre; see despoil) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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  • Thus the origin of the Yaquis' struggle—a real struggle for life—was a despoliation perpetrated by the white people.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • At no period was this despoliation more rife than in the time of which we write.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • Day and night the game went on without abatement, the game of despoliation.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • Then came war, despoliation, and a thrilling period of wandering.

    Pilots of the Republic Archer Butler Hulbert
  • And this was a Dawson dance-hall, the trump card in the nightly game of despoliation.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • Antoine de Vergy had done the work of despoliation thoroughly.

    Joan of Arc Lucy Foster Madison
  • Besides this was the home of a prominent loyalist, protected from despoliation by high authority.

    My Lady of Doubt Randall Parrish
  • In the carvings he is really hanged, and the hangsmen are the geese of his despoliation.

    The Grotesque in Church Art T. Tindall Wildridge
  • So that by early education I was taught to think that the despoliation of the public, in certain ways, was a legitimate industry.

    Philip Dru: Administrator Edward Mandell House
  • The ensanguined bones, with some fragments of the cartilage still adhering to them, showed that the despoliation had been recent.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for despoliation


the act of despoiling; plunder or pillage
the state of being despoiled
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Word Origin and History for despoliation

1650s, from Late Latin despoliationem (nominative despoliatio), noun of action from Latin despoliatus, past participle of despoliare (see despoil).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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