- v steal goods; take as spoils
- v destroy and strip of its possession
- s having been robbed and destroyed by force and violence
- The struggle to set aside the likes of Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyonso they wouldn't be despoiled like Niagara Falls quickly wasends up being a microcosm of many .
- He had to sell off land to make repairs, since eight years away had "despoiled my buildings but also deranged my private affairs.
- The escapees are being driven away by an accelerating deterioration in the quality of life: clogged freeways, eye-stinging smog, , despoiled landscapes, polluted beaches, water .
- John Garamendi in Contra Costa Times
A large percentage of the despoiled areas are state lands owned by the people of California and held in trust by the state,Garamendi said.
- Tony Judt in International Herald Tribune
While Judt says that "Communism defiled and despoiled the radical heritage," he could have added that the cause of even moderate British socialism was completely discredited by the failures of Labour governments in the 1960s and '70s.
- Bashar Assad in Turkish Press
This is an historic visit,said Assad, paying homage to firebrand Chavez's "great positions" and his "feelings toward despoiled peoples".