despoil


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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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However, the Eagle Mountain Landfill isn't only a poorly conceived project because it would despoil a national park.
He said: "These paths may have been open centuries ago for horse drawn vehicles but they are not suitable for mechanically propelled vehicles which will despoil the countryside.
The mannequins peek around screens, rise from their repose, fall senseless to the ground having lost at cards, endure each others' infidelities, despoil each other in the most tasteful and least earthly or passionate of ways, and in general behave pretty much as did those who originally sported the fantasies of silk and lace, male and female, arranged upon their bodies.
I believe we should be custodians of the land and not to despoil it.
Responsible, thoughtful and balanced land use planning is the first line of defense against rapacious developments that further clog our freeways, tap our water supplies and despoil our natural environment.
As much as I loved the recent film (I've seen it twice and will be seeing it a third time next week) I don't see why we should use it as an excuse to further despoil one of the few remaining picturesque parts of Birmingham.
It will be bad enough if we give UK Coal planning permission to despoil the countryside without paying to help them.
Residents are not even allowed a satellite dish, yet the council is proposing a monstrous blot on the landscape which will project well above the tree line and despoil a green open space.
I have travelled the country to a considerable extent and think I am in a position to compare the neatness and cleanliness of so many other places, where people do not despoil the streets and parks and public places with their litter.
Every football club now has a huge advertising logo despoiling their shirts, although in the case of our abominable second strip, no company - not even an arms manufacturer - could despoil that.
Every act of vandalism is to be condemned, but to despoil something "held as sacred" is an affront to God.
The fact that we have exploited our power to despoil Third World countries of their rich natural resources is a stain on our history.
is the great matrix that man can hardly sully and cannot appreciably despoil.
It is almost as if they lack the ingenuity to justify their schemes so they now claim that they will create new jobs in the areas they wish to despoil.
Almost single-handedly he has fought to preserve Port Sunlight Village against those who would despoil the village for purely short-term financial gain.