de·​spo·​li·​a·​tion | \ di-ˌspō-lē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce despoliation (audio) \

Definition of despoliation

: the action or process of despoiling : spoliation

Examples of despoliation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trump also may have a motive for his environmental policies — enriching timber companies and the oil and gas industry, despoliation of the environment being merely collateral damage. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Brace yourself for Trump’s scorched-earth attacks on health and safety," 25 Nov. 2020 That rings even truer amid the despoliation of the coronavirus. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "From more jobs to Prime perks, Amazon’s list of coronavirus efforts is long—and growing," 3 Apr. 2020 These geopolitical imperatives will continue to drive the despoliation of the region and its people. Steven Simon, The New York Review of Books, "The Middle East: Trump Blunders In," 16 Jan. 2020 Many of the films investigate the plight of those victimized by greed, inhumanity, and the despoliation of the environment., "Newburyport Documentary Film Festival," 12 Sep. 2019 That sum was intended to protect habitat as a tradeoff to potential despoliation caused by fossil fuel development. Todd Wilkinson, National Geographic, "Far-reaching protections for Yellowstone, other Western lands pass Congress," 27 Feb. 2019 The tool shows other forms of environmental despoliation, including deforestation, coral bleaching, night fires, and glacier depletion as well as sea level rise. NBC News, "Here's how rising seas could swallow up these coastal cities," 9 May 2018 The department has sometimes imposed serious penalties for environmental despoliation of Alaska land and waters. Steve Haycox, Anchorage Daily News, "Economic reality sets the stage for tension over ANWR drilling," 9 Mar. 2018 Even in this deeply conservative corner of rural America, fear of environmental despoliation and a sense of being exploited is propelling many to denounce Nestlé’s demand for more. Steve Friess, The Seattle Times, "Where Nestlé guzzles water, local residents doubt claims of negligible impact," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of despoliation

circa 1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for despoliation

Late Latin despoliation-, despoliatio, from despoliare

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“Despoliation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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