verb (used with object)

  1. to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage.


  1. (tr) to strip or deprive by force; plunder; rob; loot

c.1300, from Old French despoillier (12c., Modern French d├ępouiller) “to strip, rob, deprive of, steal, borrow,” from Latin despoliare “to rob, despoil, plunder,” from de- “entirely” (see de-) + spoliare “to strip of clothing, rob,” from spolium “armor, booty” (see spoil (v.)). Related: Despoiled; despoiling.

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