despoil

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Synonyms for despoil

Synonyms for despoil

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

Synonyms for despoil

destroy and strip of its possession

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Do you think cars lead to aggression and crime (think of "road rage" and those drive-by shootings), and are responsible for despoiling the earth ("They paved paradise/Put up a parking lot")?
I don't think I have ever seen a single issue in my life more insanely stupid than despoiling our green and pleasant land and our seascape with ugly bird and bat-chomping monsters that don't work" - Nigel Farage, leader of Ukip "Worried about a skin condition?
A little cafe, museum and gift shop would generate some profits for future conservation without despoiling the hill.
Even somewhere like Chester, which has rather a grand opinion of itself, is not immune from this dreadful despoiling of the landscape.
In making this argument, he identifies eight "wars" China is engaged in: destroying global intellectual property regimes, operating as a major banking hub for drug money laundering, despoiling the environment with toxic industrial emissions, working with dictators around the world in order to satisfy their need for oil, acting as a relentless imperial creditor nation, endangering the welfare and prosperity of lower Mekong River countries through the reconstruction of massive dams, failing to manage its own internal political stability, and threatening to unleash HIV/AIDS and other disease epidemics upon its own population and the rest of the world.
And the authors name names, from Charles Hurwitz, the corporate raider whose holding company MAXXAM is despoiling old-growth redwoods, to Mark Rey, the timber industry lifer appointed by President Bush to oversee the Forest Service.
For an extra $20 million, the city could build a wastewater treatment facility to clean the water without despoiling one of the Valley's few open spaces.
I and, of course, many others would very much like to see the evidence-based projections which KMC use to support their continuing claim that despoiling hundreds of acres of irreplaceable green land will bolster local employment and kick-start the Kirklees economy.
The usual suspects will bang on about Westminster being a contraceptive to Welsh natural genius, complain about wind farms despoiling the countryside, advocate Welsh replacing the English language irrespective of cost and common sense, and continue to cite the tired old examples of famous Welshmen and women who sing from afar the praises of a life they couldn't wait to leave behind.
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.
The rape of women and despoiling of children and all the other ugliness described in the letter could be seen and felt as a real potential threat even in the re-enactor army.
They also agree not to poach rainforest preserves, where some farmers previously clear-cut slopes to plant crops, despoiling the environment and causing widespread erosion.
There are protesters against the growing gap between rich and poor, against genetically engineered products, against despoiling rain forests and against America's economic and political dominance.
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.