Despoiling
Despoil De*spoil", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Despoiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Despoiling}.] [OF. despoiller, F. d['e]pouiller, L. despoliare, despoliatum; de- + spoliare to strip, rob, spolium spoil, booty. Cf. {Spoil}, {Despoliation}.] 1. To strip, as of clothing; to divest or unclothe. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To deprive for spoil; to plunder; to rob; to pillage; to strip; to divest; -- usually followed by of. [1913 Webster]

The clothed earth is then bare, Despoiled is the summer fair. --Gower. [1913 Webster]

A law which restored to them an immense domain of which they had been despoiled. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Despoiled of innocence, of faith, of bliss. --Milton.

Syn: To strip; deprive; rob; bereave; rifle. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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