English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'despoil'

(verb) 
Definition
to plunder
(formal)  the modern day industry which has despoiled the town
Synonyms
plunder
They plundered and burned the town.
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destroy
The building was completely destroyed.
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strip
The soldiers have stripped the civilians of their passports.
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rob
A man who tried to rob a bank was sentenced yesterday.
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devastate
A fire devastated large parts of the castle.
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wreck
Vandals wrecked the garden.
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rifle
The child rifled the till while her mother distracted the postmistress.
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deprive
They've been deprived of the fuel necessary to heat their homes.
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loot
Gangs began breaking windows and looting shops.
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trash (slang)
Would they trash the place when the party was over?
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total (slang)
I broke my collar bone and totalled the bike.
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ravage
The soldiers had ravaged the village.
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dispossess
people who were dispossessed of their land
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pillage
Soldiers went on a rampage, pillaging stores and shooting.
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divest
They were divested of all their personal possessions.
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denude
villages denuded of young people
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vandalize
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wreak havoc upon

Additional synonyms

in the sense of denude
Definition
to make bare
villages denuded of young people
Synonyms
in the sense of deprive
They've been deprived of the fuel necessary to heat their homes.
Synonyms
rob,
despoil (formal),
bereave
in the sense of destroy
Definition
to ruin
The building was completely destroyed.
Synonyms
break down,
gut,
wipe out,
trash (slang),
total (slang),
slay (archaic, literary),
torpedo,
put paid to,
blow to bits,
extirpate (archaic),
blow sky-high

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