(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. plunder, depredation, piracy, pillage; see destruction 1 , theft .

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  • despoliation — de*spo li*a tion, n. [L. despoliatio. See {Despoil}.] A stripping or plundering; spoliation. Bailey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Despoliation — Despoliation, lat., Beraubung; despoliiren, berauben …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • despoliation — index pillage, rape, spoliation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • despoliation — 1650s, from L.L. despoliationem (nom. despoliatio), from L. despoliatus, pp. of despoliare (see DESPOIL (Cf. despoil)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • despoliation — [di spō΄lē ā′shən] n. [LL despoliatio: see DESPOIL] a despoiling or being despoiled; pillage …   English World dictionary

  • despoliation — noun Etymology: Late Latin despoliation , despoliatio, from despoliare Date: circa 1657 the action or process of despoiling ; spoliation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • despoliation — /di spoh lee ay sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of plundering. 2. the fact or circumstance of being plundered. [1650 60; < LL despoliation (s. of despoliatio), equiv. to L despoliat(us) (ptp. of despoliare; see DESPOIL) + ion ION] * * * …   Universalium

  • despoliation — despoil ► VERB literary ▪ steal valuable possessions from. DERIVATIVES despoiler noun despoliation noun. ORIGIN Latin despoliare rob, plunder …   English terms dictionary

  • despoliation — noun A stripping or plundering; spoliation …   Wiktionary

  • despoliation — Synonyms and related words: abomination, atrocity, bad, banditry, bane, befoulment, blight, bloodbath, blue ruin, breakup, brigandage, brigandism, carnage, consumption, corruption, crying evil, damage, damnation, decimation, defilement,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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