dispeople

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Etymology[edit]

dis- +‎ people

Verb[edit]

dispeople (third-person singular simple present dispeoples, present participle dispeopling, simple past and past participle dispeopled)

  1. (transitive) To empty of people or inhabitants.
    • a. 1675, John Milton, Observations on the Articles of Peace; republished in A Complete Collection of the Historical, Political, and Miscellaneous Works of John Milton, [], volume II, Amsterdam [actually London: s.n.], 1698, OCLC 926209975, page 546:
      [...] the poſſeſſion of all thoſe Townes and Countries within thir now Quarters, being little leſs than the Iland, beſides what thir Cruelty hath diſpeopl'd and lay'd waſt.

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  • Chambers's Etymological Dictionary, 1896, p. 131