[ UK /dɪspˈɔ‍ɪl/ ]
  1. destroy and strip of its possession
    The soldiers raped the beautiful country
  2. steal goods; take as spoils
    During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners
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How To Use despoil In A Sentence

  • The invaders despoiled the country of all its treasures.
  • A caricature of greatness despoils the memory.
  • Britney Spears is being forced to give custody of her children to man-whore/baby-mama maker/Britney despoiler/my idol Kevin Federline. Archive 2007-10-01
  • Where four million people disported themselves, the wild wolves roam to-day, and the savage progeny of our loins, with prehistoric weapons, defend themselves against the fanged despoilers. Page 7
  • What do you call a gigantic man-made disaster that is threatening to despoil the ecosystems and wreck the economies of the Gulf Coast? BP touts itself as 'green,' but faces PR disaster with 'BP oil spill'
  • The victorious army despoil the city of all its treasure.
  • She is being dragged backwards, away from the excrescence that despoils her bedroom floor, onto the landing. A MEANS TO EVIL
  • By our greed, we had despoiled the environment and were consuming a disproportionate share of the world's wealth and resources.
  • But they were so attentive to us that there was no opportunity of stealing a thing until, having left Giton with them, I craftily slipped out of sight and sneaked aft where the statue of Isis stood, and despoiled it of a valuable mantle and a silver sistrum. Satyricon
  • They didn't tell you about the whole smallpox in the blankets and forced march to internment and despoilation of the forests part of that new arrangement, did they? The Sacred Domain
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