expilation

noun
ex·​pi·​la·​tion | \ ˌekspə̇ˈlāshən, -ˌspīˈ-\
plural -s

Definition of expilation

archaic
: the act of plundering : spoliation whence … proceeds this ravenous expilation of the state— Samuel Daniel

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History and Etymology for expilation

Latin expilation-, expilatio, from expilatus (past participle of expilare to plunder, from ex- ex- entry 1 + -pilare, perhaps akin to Latin pila pillar, pier) + -ion-, -io -ion

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