One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a Cornish village that was despoiled by invaders’
plunder, pillage, rob, ravage, harry, maraud, ravish, rape, raid, ransack, loot, sack, rifle
devastate, lay waste, wreak havoc on, vandalize, destroy, ruin, wreck, raze, level, annihilate, gut
2‘the robbers despoiled him of all he had’
rob, strip, deprive, dispossess, denude, divest, relieve, clean out
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