despoliation

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noun de·spo·li·a·tion \di-ˌspō-lē-ˈā-shən\

Definition of despoliation

  1. :  the action or process of despoiling :  spoliation

Origin and Etymology of despoliation

Late Latin despoliation-, despoliatio, from despoliare


First Known Use: circa 1657

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