from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of despoiling or the condition of being despoiled.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of despoiling, stripping, or plundering.

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

  • noun A stripping or plundering; spoliation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A stripping or plundering; spoliation.

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

  • noun the act of stripping and taking by force


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin dēspoliātiō, dēspoliātiōn-, from Latin dēspoliātus, past participle of dēspoliāre, to despoil; see despoil.]


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  • "But the thought that one is wasting one’s life is not a cheerful one, and respectable citizens everywhere have gone to considerable lengths to avoid it. They have erected elaborate architectures of lies and self-deceptions in an attempt to persuade themselves and others that their work is not petty nonsense directed by contemptible bosses to idiotic ends, that their families are not desolate bunkers of mutual contempt and shared incarceration, that their leisure and friendships are not collections of inconsequential games and insubstantial interests, that their holidays are not banal tramps through despoliation, that the ways in which they think they avoid the common vulgarity are not entirely spurious, that their pleasures are not dreadfully small."

    - Wayne Spencer, Consumable Youth Rebellion,, 27 Oct 2010.

    January 19, 2013