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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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* A finding of spoliation (Spoliators should not be able to benefit from their wrongdoing, which means that all things are presumed against a despoiler or wrongdoer);
Pope Leo X's administration described Martin Luther as a despoiler of the Lord's vineyard in a text concerning the errors of his teachings from 1520: "A wild boar from the forest is raging to destroy the vineyard, and an outrageous, unprecedented animal is devouring it." (37) This metaphorical description can be traced to Psalm 80:13, where the speaker laments that "[t]he Boar out of the wood doth waste it [the vineyard], and the wild beast of the field doth devour it." Religious analogies featuring wild boars and the destruction of God's creation show that the boar was figured as a wild outsider and an element of annihilation.
For the first time in the history era people that has been persecuted, oppressed, plundered and despoiled for hundreds of years in the countries of Europe, a persecutor and despoiler has been obliged to return part of his spoils and has even undertaken to make collective reparation as partial compensation for material losses."
For the first time in the history of a people that has been persecuted, oppressed, plundered and despoiled for hundreds of years in the countries of Europe a persecutor and despoiler has been obliged to return part of his spoils and has even undertaken to make collective reparation as partial compensation for the material losses.
"pike-harneis": "One who despoils those slain in battle of their armor; also a despoiler: In Piers Plowman B 20.263 the term "pykeharneys" is applied to military leaders who fail to record the number of soldiers under their command (presumably to make it easier for them to appropriate the belongings of those fallen in battle); see William Langland, The Vision of Piers Plowman.
(15) Thus an absolute contrast is established between Hastings and his predecessor Clive, who in the rhetoric of earlier anti-Company propaganda was frequently depicted as a despoiler of the paradisal garden that was India.
(1) I insist on emphasizing the property of others, because the behaviour would not be so despicable if it treated in the same manner the property of the despoiler.
The Supreme Court ruled, however, that, "The doctrine of spoliation merely permits an inference that the destroyed evidence would have been unfavorable to the despoiler. In this case, both parties are guilty of losing the insurance policy." The spoliation doctrine, therefore, did not apply.
That a jury may infer either criminal guilt or civil liability from the destruction or suppression of evidence is well established.(11) Omnia praesumuntur contra spoliatorem: "All things are presumed against the despoiler or wrongdoer.(12)
But hope turned to alarm at the governor's choice of Barry Munitz, a former vice president of clearcutter and Headwaters despoiler Maxxam, to head his transition team.
Like Justice, who does not recognize 'Timotheus' (the name of the worst despoiler), Marcus cannot identify Lavinia's attacker: 'what stern ungentle hands / Hath lopped and hewed and made thy body bare .
Or will these lands be turned over by you to the despoiler just for the simple reason that the white man says he needs it, and all eyes and ears be turned away from the complaint of the Cherokees?
(34.) "Time's Atom" is referred to in both Safve's Kuperad lek eller Skandaren fran Skanninge (Cut Deck or The Despoiler from Skanninge) (Stockholm: Prisma, 1990) and Molza, alskaren.
Shattered that an animal species I had loved and even trusted since childhood should turn out to be such a brutal despoiler of the ecosystem, I staggered upstairs to my study, hoping to take consolation from listening to a new compact disk I had purchased.
Morbidly fearful of his heredity, Dmitri reviles his father not so much for what he has done--cheated his son of both birthright and lover--as for what he is, a cruel, crafty despoiler of all that is decent.