despoil

  • 1despoil — c.1300, from O.Fr. despoillier (12c., Mod.Fr. dépouiller) to strip, rob, deprive of, steal, borrow, from L. despoliare to rob, despoil, plunder, from de entirely (see DE (Cf. de )) + spoliare to strip of clothing, rob, from spolium armor, booty… …

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  • 2Despoil — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3despoil — de*spoil , n. Spoil. [Obs.] Wolsey. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4despoil — I verb assail, attack, bereave, consume, denude, deplume, depredate, deprive, desolate, devastate, devour, dispossess, divest, forage, foray, impoverish, invade, lay waste, leave destitute, loot, make off with, maraud, overrun, pilfer, pillage,… …

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  • 5despoil — *ravage, devastate, waste, sack, pillage, spoliate Analogous words: plunder, *rob, rifle, loot: *strip, bare, denude …

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  • 6despoil — [v] ravage, destroy denude, depopulate, depredate, deprive, desecrate, desolate, devastate, devour, dispossess, divest, loot, maraud, pillage, plunder, raid, rifle, rob, sack, spoil, spoliate, strip, vandalize, waste, wreak havoc, wreck; concept… …

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  • 7despoil — ► VERB literary ▪ steal valuable possessions from. DERIVATIVES despoiler noun despoliation noun. ORIGIN Latin despoliare rob, plunder …

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  • 8despoil — [dē spoil′, dispoil′] vt. [ME despoilen < OFr despoiller < L despoliare < de , intens. + spoliare, to strip, rob: see SPOIL] to deprive of something of value by or as by force; rob; plunder SYN. RAVAGE despoiler n. despoilment n …

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  • 9despoil — v. (formal) (D; tr.) to despoil of * * * [dɪ spɔɪl] (formal) (D; tr.) to despoil of …

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  • 10despoil — UK [dɪˈspɔɪl] / US verb [transitive] Word forms despoil : present tense I/you/we/they despoil he/she/it despoils present participle despoiling past tense despoiled past participle despoiled literary to take all the valuable or beautiful objects… …

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  • 11despoil — [[t]dɪspɔ͟ɪl[/t]] despoils, despoiling, despoiled VERB To despoil a place means to make it less attractive, valuable, or important by taking things away from it or by destroying it. [FORMAL] [V n] People picking mushrooms are sometimes stopped by …

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  • 12despoil — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English despoylen, from Anglo French despoiller, from Latin despoliare, from de + spoliare to strip, rob more at spoil Date: 14th century to strip of belongings, possessions, or value ; pillage Synonyms: see… …

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  • 13despoil — despoiler, n. despoilment, n. /di spoyl /, v.t. to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage. [1175 1225; ME despoilen < OF despoillier < L despoliare to strip, rob, plunder, equiv. to de DE + spoliare to plunder; see&#8230; …

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  • 14despoil — verb /dɪˈspɔɪl/ a) To deprive for spoil; to take spoil from; to plunder; to rob; to pillage. To dreamers in the West, Tibet is a Shangri La despoiled by Chinese ruthlessness and rapacity. b) …

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  • 15despoil — Synonyms and related words: abuse, adulterate, afflict, aggrieve, alloy, befoul, betray, bewitch, bleed, bleed white, blight, bring to ruin, canker, cheapen, coarsen, condemn, confound, consume, contaminate, corrupt, crucify, curse, damage, damn …

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  • 16despoil — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. pillage, plunder. See stealing. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. plunder, pillage, maraud; see raid , ravage , rob . See Synonym Study at ravage . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To rob of goods by force,&#8230; …

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  • 17despoil — de|spoil [dıˈspɔıl] v [T] literary [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: despoillier, from Latin spoliare to rob ] 1.) to make a place much less attractive by removing or damaging things →↑spoil 2.) to steal from a place or people using force,&#8230; …

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  • 18despoil — de|spoil [ dı spɔıl ] verb transitive LITERARY to take all the valuable or beautiful objects from a place …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19despoil — de·spoil || dɪ spɔɪl v. pillage, loot, rob …

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  • 20despoil — 1) spoiled 2) dipoles …

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