Definition of despoliation in English:



  • [mass noun] The action of despoiling or the condition of being despoiled; plunder:

    ‘the despoliation of the resources of the natural world’
    • ‘In the earlier films humans had been punished for their ambition, but in this later phase of worst-case dramas the planet had a more solid motivation for hitting back: our despoliation of the planet.’
    • ‘Fixed lines contribute to the despoliation of our mountains.’
    • ‘He balances his outrage with the sad reflection that there's nothing new under the sun; that exploitation and despoliation are as old as humanity itself.’
    • ‘The despoliation of the Galician coastline raises fundamental issues which must be urgently addressed.’
    • ‘It lists noise pollution, environmental despoliation, training accidents that damage property and a stunting of urban and industrial development as reasons to object to their presence.’
    devastation, destruction, ruin, ruination, ravaging, vandalism, depredation, despoilment
    plunder, plundering, looting, pillage, harrying, marauding, ransacking, raiding, ravishing, rape, raping, sacking
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