AskDefine | Define spoliate

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Etymology

From spoliatus, from spoliare

Verb

  1. transitive obsolete To plunder; to pillage; to despoil; to rob.
  2. intransitive obsolete To engage in robbery; to plunder.

Quotations

  • 1845, Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil; or, The Two Nations
    But the other great whig families who had obtained this honour, and who had done something more for it than spoliate their church and betray their king, set up their backs against this claim of the Egremonts.

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