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
- 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.
- n. Spoil.
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
Middle English despoilen, from Old French despoillier, from Latin dēspoliāre : dē-, de- + spoliāre, to plunder (from spolium, booty).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French despoiller ( > French dépouiller), from Latin dēspoliō. (Wiktionary)