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English definition of “despoil”

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.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
(Definition of despoil from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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