despouiller

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin despoliare

Verb[edit]

despouiller

  1. to skin (animal)
  2. (figuratively) to strip away, to remove
    • elle se mesla parmi ses compaignes : lesquelles ayant außi despouillé la prarie de sa dignite (L'Arcadie-Trad-Massin, published 1544, Paris)
      She went amongst her friends, who had also stripped the prairie of its dignity.
  3. to undress (someone)
    • 1488, Jean Dupré, Lancelot du Lac, page 39:
      Lois le fist despoullier tout nu
      Louis made him strip completely naked
  4. (reflexive, se despouiller) to undress to get undressed

Conjugation[edit]

  • Middle French conjugation varies from one text to another. Hence, the following conjugation should be considered as typical, not as exhaustive.

Descendants[edit]