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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Who has benefited from the proliferation of pylons and the despoiling of the countryside?
As Yael Melamede's documentary notes, various bendings of the truth have among other things recently led us into war, crashed the economy, and allowed potentially catastrophic despoiling of the planet to continue more or less unchecked.
Far more objectionable, in my view, is the despoiling of the outfield at the Ageas Bowl by a large advert for the match sponsor.
I'M not quite sure what message Kirklees Council leader Clr Mehboob Khan was trying to convey in his justification for the despoiling of greenfield sites in Tuesday's Examiner ('We need to free up more land for firms').
They keep banging the climate change drum when there are greater real problems in Wales which need to be resolved rather than the deliberate despoiling of our precious landscape and shorelines.
This setting, plot and cast of characters enable themes of violence and its consequences, the despoiling of a wilderness by human greed, and the difficulties of young love to be explored for the young adult audience through Stewart's fast-moving adventure story and Riddell's atmospheric illustrations.
Nelson charges that party ideology, which applied Marxist and Leninist notions in a rigid manner and was closed to considerations other than the need for economic growth, was the culprit in the despoiling of the environment in the USSR.
With the overfishing and despoiling of our oceans, it's nice to have some good news: Orgon Pink Shrimp Fishery was recently certified as the world's first sustainable shrimp fishery.
07) when he referred to the despoiling of bonfire night and stated that in future the Government should consider public displays of fireworks only.
Even somewhere like Chester, which has rather a grand opinion of itself, is not immune from this dreadful despoiling of the landscape.
The result is a political landscape that has local authorities and power brokers manipulating land acquisition and use, the outlawing of opposing opinion, and the despoiling of agricultural and rural lands for short-term profits.
We must not risk the jigsaw despoiling of views that could be preserved.
It would result in the despoiling of Joshua Tree National Park, while avoiding the difficult question of how to manage solid waste in a sustainable manner.
The main driving forces behind the despoiling of our planet stem from human failings--apathy, greed and materialism.
So instead I brealffast at the Tokyo Lunch Box, where I do my share in the despoiling of the ocean's dwindling bounty with tuna and salmon sushi.