Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of despoiling; a plundering, Hob-house.

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

  • noun rare Despoliation.

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  • noun The act of despoiling; a plundering; despoliation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of stripping and taking by force

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Examples

  • How would he feel if Notre Dame invited him to be their commencement speaker, and his fellow Catholics began denouncing him as the most pro-whatever (torture, war, environmental despoilment) columnist in the history of Catholicism?

    Just another Rutten bit of editorializing

  • How would he feel if Notre Dame invited him to be their commencement speaker, and his fellow Catholics began denouncing him as the most pro-whatever (torture, war, environmental despoilment) columnist in the history of Catholicism?

    Just another Rutten bit of editorializing

  • The EPA's most-wanted fugitive list is filled with people who smuggled ozone-depleters, dumped toxins into the water supply, and committed other criminal acts of despoilment (The EPA notes: "Do not attempt to apprehend any of these individuals").

    Boing Boing

  •  The creature kingdom was sure of their cause and resolute in their determination to become free from the despoilment by the beasts of theupright worms:  their canine accomplices.

    Animal Park (Part I)

  • The Tokarskis warned that the highway would ruin the very places it was claiming to save: “What slops over the edges of the cities into the rural areas is all glitz and despoilment,” they wrote.

    Interstate 69

  • Every steak you buy, every potroast you eat, is encouraging the despoilment of the air you breathe, the sinking of the seacoasts, the melting of the glaciers and the desertification of now fertile land.

    Sound Politics: Faith-based initiatives

  • When launching his own genocidal campaign against the (mainly Sunni) people of Kurdistan — a campaign that involved the thoroughgoing use of chemical atrocity weapons and the murder and deportation of hundreds of thousands of people — he had called it “OperationAnfal,” borrowing by this term a Koranic justification — “The Spoils” of sura 8 — for the despoilment and destruction of nonbelievers.

    'God Is Not Great'

  • He abolished Indian communal properties, facilitating their despoilment by landlords.

    6. Peru

  • His world had been encompassed by the body and by his terrible urgency to rid Tesoros of despoilment.

    Death on the River Walk

  • Mexican territory in the last century to today, from the despoilment of the

    14TH ANNIVERSARY OF CDR

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