from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To sack; plunder.
- transitive v. To deprive of something valuable by force; rob: a region despoiled of its scenic beauty by unchecked development.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To deprive for spoil; to take spoil from; to plunder; to rob; to pillage.
- v. To violently strip (someone), with indirect object of their possessions etc.; to rob.
- v. To strip (someone) of their clothes; to undress.
- n. Plunder; spoliation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Spoil.
- transitive v. To strip, as of clothing; to divest or unclothe.
- transitive v. To deprive for spoil; to plunder; to rob; to pillage; to strip; to divest; -- usually followed by of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To spoliate; take spoil from; strip of possessions; pillage: as, the army despoiled the enemy's country.
- To deprive by spoliation; strip by force; plunder; bereave: with of: as, to despoil one of his goods or of honors.
- To strip; divest; undress: used absolutely or with of.
- n. Spoil; plunder; spoliation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. steal goods; take as spoils
- v. destroy and strip of its possession
Allow no man, under any pretense, to despoil you of your virtue.
For good measure and in keeping with his employer's philosophy, Watt permitted commercial interests to exploit and despoil previously off-limits publicly owned wilderness.
In addressing these and countless projects like them up and down the state, Californians have relied on CEQA for over 40 years to protect their communities and our natural resources from environmentally uninformed government decisions -- decisions that needlessly pollute our air, contaminate our water, endanger our children's health, despoil our wild lands, and undermine the quality of our lives.
We can now despoil each other of countless types of assets, from a world away.
Together they join to resist the Crushers of corporate-military power that seek to despoil their world.
Once upon a time, repelled (rightly) by Canada's treatment of First Nations people, and in particular the Ontario government's collaboration with Big Mining to despoil Indian lands and jail their leaders, she preached aboriginal revolution:
They say Canadian oil-sands crude, which made up about half of the 1.9 million barrels of oil a day Canada exported to the U.S. in 2009, is more likely to spill from pipelines and despoil land in the U.S.
How can we have free elections, runs a classic line, as long as they despoil our sacred Islamic lands?
Please tell me that he won't be allowed to compel others to despoil their property just to satisfy his silly whims.
As the wheels come off the whole climate change cart, an interesting possibility arises: an alliance between real environmentalists, who do not want to despoil the rare landscape for the sake of a corrupt international kleptocracy and rent-seeking US companies, and us cheap energy advocates.