- the act of plundering.
- the fact or circumstance of being plundered.
Origin of despoliation
Examples from the Web for despoliation
Historical Examples of despoliation
And this was a Dawson dance-hall, the trump card in the nightly game of despoliation.
Day and night the game went on without abatement, the game of despoliation.
At no period was this despoliation more rife than in the time of which we write.The Lone Ranche
Captain Mayne Reid
Then came war, despoliation, and a thrilling period of wandering.Pilots of the Republic
Archer Butler Hulbert
Antoine de Vergy had done the work of despoliation thoroughly.Joan of Arc
Lucy Foster Madison
- the act of despoiling; plunder or pillage
- the state of being despoiled
Word Origin and History for despoliation
1650s, from Late Latin despoliationem (nominative despoliatio), noun of action from Latin despoliatus, past participle of despoliare (see despoil).