Definition Of despoil


steal or violently remove valuable or attractive possessions from; plunder.

the church was despoiled of its marble wall covering

Example Of despoil

  • A caricature of greatness despoils the memory.

  • A massive expansion of wind power involving thousands of new turbines will go ahead despite increasingly bitter wrangling over claims that they are despoiling Britain's countryside.

  • And at the same time as risking their lives, the youngsters are despoiling one of the area's beloved landscape features.

  • But the challenge will be to bring the urban voter in particular, along with us, so that they realise that various popular images they might have, be it of the noble farmer or be it of the farmer as an environmental despoiler are wrong.

  • By our greed, we had despoiled the environment and were consuming a disproportionate share of the world's wealth and resources.

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