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despoil

[ dih-spoil ]
/ dɪˈspɔɪl /
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verb (used with object)
to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM despoil

de·spoil·er, nounde·spoil·ment, nounun·de·spoiled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for despoil

despoil
/ (dɪˈspɔɪl) /

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

Derived forms of despoil

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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