American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of despoiling or the condition of being despoiled.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of despoiling, stripping, or plundering.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A stripping or plundering; spoliation.
- n. the act of stripping and taking by force
- Late Latin dēspoliātiō, dēspoliātiōn-, from Latin dēspoliātus, past participle of dēspoliāre, to despoil; see despoil. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“By the time Katherine R. Tsiang visited the temple caves of Xiangtangshan in 1990, the sixth-century complex bore witness to both the Northern Qi's glorious sculpture and its irrevocable despoliation by looters and traders.”
“So I propose that the Scottish Green party makes itself useful for a change and begins a campaign to stop the tartan despoliation of other people's places and stick to despoiling their own.”
“But when the late Saro-Wiwa changed his focus to the despoliation of the delta, suddenly it became the cause du jour of the environmental movement and international journalists.”
“Even today, some so-called Christians give their stamp of approval on cuts in crucial government programs that serve poor families, or the despoliation of the land by oil companies in the name of economic growth.”
“This is an old dialectic—purity vs. despoliation, virtue vs. smut—but for families with teenagers, it is also everlastingly new.”
“Because of our sins, our desecration and despoliation, we witness in our own times the destruction of a universe.”
“That way leads to technological despoliation, as we already know.”
“Outpost, Tue to 21 AugSSWorking from his native Benin, Romuald Hazoumè has used the ubiquitous jerry can as his trademark emblem for capitalism, consumerism and ecological despoliation.”
“It is my annoyance that the sexual violation part of "rape" has been appropriated in a fashion that does not refer to the despoliation of a countryside (the Rape of Nanking) or to the sudden seizure of an object/person (the Rape of Ganymede), but instead to the sexual act that lies at the heart of my response.”
“The despoliation of traditional Ogoni land in the Niger Delta inspired Saro-Wiwa to lead an international, nonviolent campaign targeting Shell.”
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