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


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

Origin of despoliation

1650–60; < Late Latin dēspoliātiōn- (stem of dēspoliātiō), equivalent to Latin dēspoliāt(us) (past participle of dēspoliāre; see despoil) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for despoliation


/ (dɪˌspəʊlɪˈeɪʃən) /


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper