- to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage.
Origin of despoil
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Examples from the Web for despoiled
The list of despoiled landowners is a long one, and need not here be recorded.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Other districts have in this way been despoiled to some extent of their proper meed of honour.The Balladists
Cut them off root and branch who have despoiled thy people Israel.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
Despoiled of fortune; turned from the home where I have lived from my childhood; bereft of all!Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
I, despoiled by those knaves, the victim of an iniquitous sentence.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- (tr) to strip or deprive by force; plunder; rob; loot
Word Origin and History for despoiled
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.