despoil


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to rob of goods by force, especially in time of war

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destroy and strip of its possession

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Gedicks explains how the mining industry has: leveraged political influence to win exemptions from environmental rules that would severely restrict its scope of operation; blackmailed governments, demanding huge compensation for agreeing not to despoil indigenous lands; looked to state and national government to override local and state laws protecting indigenous interests; and undertaken major greenwashing public relations campaigns to convince the public that environmentally devastating projects will have benign consequences.
There is no question whether the storage of immense amounts of garbage adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park would despoil the pristine desert environment.
They have used the money thoroughly to despoil the countryside in much of rural Warwickshire with fly-posting on anything to which posters can be stuck, by consent or not.
We cannot continue to squander our natural heritage and despoil our home for the accumulation of mere trinkets.
He said: "These paths may have been open centuries ago for horse drawn vehicles but they are not suitable for mechanically propelled vehicles which will despoil the countryside.
The mannequins peek around screens, rise from their repose, fall senseless to the ground having lost at cards, endure each others' infidelities, despoil each other in the most tasteful and least earthly or passionate of ways, and in general behave pretty much as did those who originally sported the fantasies of silk and lace, male and female, arranged upon their bodies.
Responsible, thoughtful and balanced land use planning is the first line of defense against rapacious developments that further clog our freeways, tap our water supplies and despoil our natural environment.
I knew nothing of the plans for Ragley Hall, which read as wholly out of keeping with that area, and it does seem sad that those now in stewardship of that great Estate should themselves wish to despoil.
If allowed to take over and despoil these species' spawning grounds, the mollusks could jeopardize the walleye fishing industry (valued at $900 million a year in Lake Erie alone) and thwart efforts to reintroduce lake trout to the Great Lakes, just as the trout have begun to recover from massive predation by another Great Lakes invader, the sea lamprey.
An interesting but unproven theory, it is (mis)leading us to hamstring our industry, artificially inflate energy prices, introduce the spectre of unnecessary power cuts and despoil our countryside with monstrous windmills.
It will be bad enough if we give UK Coal planning permission to despoil the countryside without paying to help them.
This New Labour Government of Mr Blair's pumps out fear, threats and daily doses of hysteria and despair, everywhere we have enemies awaiting their chance to despoil our country, to mug us and to kill us and our loved ones.
I have travelled the country to a considerable extent and think I am in a position to compare the neatness and cleanliness of so many other places, where people do not despoil the streets and parks and public places with their litter.
As much as I loved the recent film (I've seen it twice and will be seeing it a third time next week) I don't see why we should use it as an excuse to further despoil one of the few remaining picturesque parts of Birmingham.
Every football club now has a huge advertising logo despoiling their shirts, although in the case of our abominable second strip, no company - not even an arms manufacturer - could despoil that.