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Hairy, Spoliare. (...) ['to rob, plunder, pillage, spoil; to deprive, despoil'] See DOST herry, v.
(27.) The Toledo translators here made use of the memorable history of spoliare, which included the spolia opima, the "rich spoils" taken when a Roman general wins in single combat with an opposing general, and also Augustine's "spoiling the Egyptians," when he compared Christians using the philosophy of the Greeks to the Hebrews taking the gold from the Egyptians when they escaped under Moses for the Promised Land.
As the Government leapt to point out that he was no longer in it, even his son-in-law George Osborne didn't defend him and everyone with a retweet button told him to "Frack off", it seemed that the deserting and leaving completely alone of the joyless former energy minister meant that he himself fitted the correct definition of "desolate" rather more than any stunning countryside he feels like despoiling (despoiling incorporates the Latin word "spoliare" meaning to strip of clothing, to rob and plunder, which we now know is what Lord Howell and his ilk think the North East is good for).
E proseguiva: "Spoliare dei beni legalmente acquistati negando per di pio ogni indennizzo, e semplicemente un atto di violenza tale da por fuori delle leggi internazionali coloro che cosi oltraggiosamente violano il diritto delle genti.
For example, in Enigma 29 (mensa), a domestic activity such as removing the tablecloth is figuratively compared to the raping of a woman: "Certatim me predones spoliare solescunt, / Raptis nudata exuuiis mox membra relinquunt" [Often I (the table) am eagerly plundered by robbers, who, after tearing off my dress (i.e., the tablecloth), leave behind my naked body] (4-5).
What he did not know until he read Valla was that it was forged in order to despoil (spoliare) the empire from "all [the] kings and princes of the West," to whom it rightfully belonged.