[ dih-spoil ]
/ dɪˈspɔɪl /

verb (used with object)

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

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 forms

de·spoil·er, nounde·spoil·ment, nounun·de·spoiled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for despoiled


/ (dɪˈspɔɪl) /


(tr) to strip or deprive by force; plunder; rob; loot

Derived Forms

despoiler, 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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