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Rob of something; plunder.‘the slogan was purely a cover to spoliate ecclesiastical endowments’
pillage, loot, rob, raid, ransack, strip, fleece, ravage, lay waste, devastate, maraud, sack, rapeView synonyms
- ‘Bonaparte was spoliating the Pope.’
- ‘The claimant has reason to believe that named family members had bank accounts spoliated in France during the war and not restored after the war.’
- ‘The problem with many of these cases is the evidence is spoliated at such an early date.’
- ‘I do mind spoliating education by applying money less efficiently where it might be applied more efficiently.’
- ‘To confiscate this property would be to spoliate the laity.’
Early 18th century: from Latin spoliat- ‘spoilt’, from the verb spoliare ‘strip, deprive’.
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