despoil

[dih-spoil]

verb (used with object)

to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage.

Nearby words

  1. despise,
  2. despite,
  3. despiteful,
  4. despitefully,
  5. despiteous,
  6. despoliation,
  7. despond,
  8. despondence,
  9. despondency,
  10. despondent

Origin of despoil

1175–1225; Middle English despoilen < Old French despoillier < Latin dēspoliāre to strip, rob, plunder, equivalent to dē- de- + spoliāre to plunder; see spoil

Related formsde·spoil·er, nounde·spoil·ment, nounun·de·spoiled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for despoil

despoil

verb

(tr) to strip or deprive by force; plunder; rob; loot
Derived Formsdespoiler, noundespoilment, noun

Word Origin for despoil

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 despoil

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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