- to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage.
Origin of despoil
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Examples from the Web for despoiler
The type of mentality I attributed to the Despoiler may be impossible.
The incomprehensible in that story was the mind of a Despoiler.
It, to the human mind, was incomprehensible; and to the Despoiler, the human mind was incomprehensible.
Never from that time would I trust myself to meet or see the despoiler.Devereux, Complete
Its discoverer might have been its father; he proved to be its despoiler.
- (tr) to strip or deprive by force; plunder; rob; loot
Word Origin and History for despoiler
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.