spoliate

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin spoliātus, perfect passive participle of spoliō ‎(plunder, pillage, rob).

VerbEdit

spoliate ‎(third-person singular simple present spoliates, present participle spoliating, simple past and past participle spoliated)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To plunder; to pillage; to despoil; to rob.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To engage in robbery; to plunder.

QuotationsEdit

  • 1845, Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil; or, The Two Nations
    But the other great whig families who had obtained this honour, and who had done something more for it than spoliate their church and betray their king, set up their backs against this claim of the Egremonts.

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