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, plunder, purloin, raid, ransack, ravage, raven, rifle, rob, ruin, ruinate, sack, seize, spoliate, steal, strip, take, take by force, thieve, wreck II index debauch, deface, deprive, devastate, divest, harry (plunder), hold up (rob), loot, pillage, pirate (take by violence), plunder, prey, spoil (pillage), steal, subvert, taint (corrupt)

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  • despoil — 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • despoil — de*spoil , n. Spoil. [Obs.] Wolsey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • despoil — [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… …   New thesaurus

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

  • despoil — [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 …   English World dictionary

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

  • despoil — 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… …   English dictionary

  • despoil — [[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 …   English dictionary

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