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despoil

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈspɔɪl/ us    /ˌdiː-/ formal
to make a place less attractive especially by taking things away from it by force: Many of the tombs had been despoiled.
Translations of “despoil”
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指掠奪性地)破壞,洗劫…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指掠夺性地)破坏,洗劫…
(Definition of despoil from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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