despoliation

[ dih-spoh-lee-ey-shuh n ]
/ dɪˌspoʊ liˈeɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of plundering.
the fact or circumstance of being plundered.

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Origin of despoliation

1650–60; < Late Latin dēspoliātiōn- (stem of dēspoliātiō), equivalent to Latin dēspoliāt(us) (past participle of dēspoliāre; see despoil) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for despoliation

despoliation
/ (dɪˌspəʊlɪˈeɪʃən) /

noun

the act of despoiling; plunder or pillage
the state of being despoiled
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