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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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Examples from the Web for despoliation
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  • And this was a Dawson dance-hall, the trump card in the nightly game of despoliation.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Day and night the game went on without abatement, the game of despoliation.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • At no period was this despoliation more rife than in the time of which we write.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • Then came war, despoliation, and a thrilling period of wandering.

    Pilots of the Republic Archer Butler Hulbert
  • Antoine de Vergy had done the work of despoliation thoroughly.

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

    My Lady of Doubt Randall Parrish
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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