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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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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 undespoiled

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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