[ dih-spoil ]
/ dɪˈspɔɪl /
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verb (used with object)
to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage.
OTHER WORDS FOR despoil
dispossess, divest; rifle, sack; fleece.
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Origin of despoil
OTHER WORDS FROM despoilde·spoil·er, nounde·spoil·ment, nounun·de·spoiled, adjective
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How to use despoil in a sentence
Here his charge ended, he had conveyed the Land-despoiler to durance vile.
Let me thank you, Monsieur, for your great courtesy to the fallen Land-despoiler.'
Tell him to leave the wanton Land-despoiler, and go back to his true wife.
Thy race conquered our people, and in rising against thine we did but despoil the despoiler.Tales from the Lands of Nuts and Grapes|Charles Sellers and Others
The two Slavs had sprung upon their despoiler like two maddened cattle.The Snow-Burner|Henry Oyen
British Dictionary definitions for despoil
/ (dɪˈspɔɪl) /
(tr) to strip or deprive by force; plunder; rob; loot
Derived forms of despoildespoiler, 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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