Etymology
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despoil (v.)

c. 1200, despoilen, "rob, plunder, ravage;" c. 1300, "strip off" (clothes, armor, etc.); from Old French despoillier "to strip, rob, deprive of, steal; borrow" (12c., Modern French dépouiller), from Latin despoliare "to rob, despoil, plunder," from de- "entirely" (see de-) + spoliare "to strip of clothing, rob," from spolium "skin, hide; arms, armor; booty" (see spoil (v.)). Related: Despoiled; despoiling.

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Definitions of despoil

despoil (v.)
steal goods; take as spoils;
Synonyms: plunder / loot / reave / strip / rifle / ransack / pillage / foray
despoil (v.)
destroy and strip of its possession;
Synonyms: rape / spoil / violate / plunder
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