Definition of expilation
: the act of plundering : spoliation whence … proceeds this ravenous expilation of the state — Samuel Daniel
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Origin and Etymology of expilation
Latin expilation-, expilatio, from expilatus (past participle of expilare to plunder, from ex- 1ex- + -pilare, perhaps akin to Latin pila pillar, pier) + -ion-, -io -ion — more at pile
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