Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective having been robbed and destroyed by force and violence.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of despoil.

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  • adjective having been robbed and destroyed by force and violence

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Examples

  • The Magic Bird came no more to the palace garden, and the precious tree was never again despoiled of its golden apples.

    Folk Tales From Many Lands

  • The true inwardness of this may be at bottom but that one of the suffered treacheries has consisted precisely, for Chad's whole figure and presence, of a direct presentability diminished and compromised -- despoiled, that is, of its

    The Ambassadors

  • The meaning of the word "despoiled" was also clear.

    The Count's Millions

  • The true inwardness of this may be at bottom but that one of the suffered treacheries has consisted precisely, for Chad’s whole figure and presence, of a direct presentability diminished and compromised — despoiled, that is, of its PROPORTIONAL advantage; so that, in a word, the whole economy of his author’s relation to him has at important points to be redetermined.

    The Ambassadors

  • The environmental message is conveyed mostly through Jan Hartley's projections, which begin with the clear tumbling waters of a river and, over the course of the four operas, depict forests despoiled by logging and acid rain, smoke-belching power plants and pipes pumping sewage into rivers.

    Ring Around the Obvious

  • “After this great slaughter,” he exulted, “the whole city was despoiled and burnt, as divine vengeance raged marvellously.”

    Bloodlust

  • You see, labor has nothing concrete of which to be despoiled.

    Chapter 9: The Mathematics of a Dream

  • “After this great slaughter,” he exulted, “the whole city was despoiled and burnt, as divine vengeance raged marvellously.”

    Bloodlust

  • There a banana tree had been despoiled of its clustered fruit; and, beyond, it was evident that a similar event had happened to a breadfruit tree.

    CHAPTER XX

  • If the economic man has defiled temples and despoiled nature, he has also preserved.

    The Shrinkage of the Planet

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