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Related to despoiling: plundered, pillaging, looted
despoil (something) of (something)
To rob something valuable from a particular place or thing. I can't believe that someone despoiled the art museum by stealing an original Picasso. It seems that someone else despoiled the ancient tomb of its jewels before we got here.
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.