to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage.
- de·spoil·er, noun
- de·spoil·ment, noun
- un·de·spoiled, adjective
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How to use despoil in a sentence
As the buses idle in traffic, they despoil our residential neighborhoods with noise and toxic soot.The Ubiquitous Yellow School Bus Can Be Turned Into a Force for Climate Change Good | John Doerr | January 12, 2022 | Time
So I called Bergman and said, “Do you mind if I despoil your script?”Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview | Alex Belth | February 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The impression is left that this project would despoil a virginal natural landscape.
Still, I did not relinquish my pious purpose to despoil that public treasury Egyptian quoted heretofore.The Onlooker, Volume 1, Part 2 | Various
Time was precious; he therefore hastened to despoil his victim, in whose vestments he clothed himself.The Guide of the Desert | Gustave Aimard
This was when, at some moment of leisure, he contrived to find time to despoil himself of his exuvia.
His name is used to bamboozle the people, to despoil them, and to make them patient asses under their burdens.Flowers of Freethought | George W. Foote
Even in times of war, neither Jew nor Mohammedan ventures to despoil and profane the sepulchre of Ezekiel.Early Travels in Palestine | Arculf et al.
British Dictionary definitions for despoil
(tr) to strip or deprive by force; plunder; rob; loot
- despoiler, noun
- despoilment, noun
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