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Meaning of DESPOIL

Pronunciation:  di'spoyl

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

DESPOIL is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: foray, loot, pillage, plunder, plunder, ransack, rape, reave, rifle, spoil, strip, violate
 See Also: deplume, destroy, displume, ruin, take



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \De*spoil"\, n.
    Spoil. [Obs.] --Wolsey.
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