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English definition of “despoil”

despoil

verb [T]     /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 verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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