despoil (something) of (something)

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despoil (something) of (something)

To rob something valuable from a particular place or thing. I can't believe that a thief despoiled the art museum of an original Picasso. It seems that someone despoiled the ancient tomb of its jewels before we got here.
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despoil something of something

to make something, such as a town, tomb, or building, lose value by stealing from it; to rob something of something. The vandals despoiled the castle of much of its furnishings. The land was despoiled of its fertility by overplanting.
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This is a tiny country, despoiled of all its minerals for centuries, and now being ravaged to fulfil mad "green" promises to a London government increasingly controlled by the EU.
Summary: Washington - The polisario's "breaking down" drives the Tindouf camps' youths, despoiled of their rights, to be recruits for Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and trafficking networks of all kinds, said an analysis by the online website "Atlantic-Community.
Having arrived on Calvary, He sees Himself despoiled of His garments, stretched out on the Cross, pitilessly crucified, raised up on it in the sight of all.
No contemporary observer could have failed to recognize in the figures of the virgin Pallas with the bound Cupid, despoiled of his feathers and armaments, a direct allusion to Petrarch's Triumph of Chastity from the Trionfi, a universally beloved poem that we have already seen inspired many festival cars and the numerous depictions of them in art (among them Sellaio's Triumphs).