(usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war)
"to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"
spoil, spoiling, spoilage(noun)
the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it
"her spoiling my dress was deliberate"
spoil, spoliation, spoilation, despoilation, despoilment, despoliation(verb)
the act of stripping and taking by force
botch, bodge, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up(verb)
make a mess of, destroy or ruin
"I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
spoil, go bad(verb)
become unfit for consumption or use
"the meat must be eaten before it spoils"
alter from the original
pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle, spoil, indulge(verb)
treat with excessive indulgence
"grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk(verb)
hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
"What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
have a strong desire or urge to do something
"She is itching to start the project"; "He is spoiling for a fight"
rape, spoil, despoil, violate, plunder(verb)
destroy and strip of its possession
"The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
mar, impair, spoil, deflower, vitiate(verb)
"nothing marred her beauty"
(Also in plural: spoils) Plunder taken from an enemy or victim.
Material (such as rock or earth) removed in the course of an excavation, or in mining or dredging. Tailings.
To strip (someone who has been killed or defeated) of their arms or armour.
To strip or deprive (someone) of their possessions; to rob, despoil.
To plunder, pillage (a city, country etc.).
To carry off (goods) by force; to steal.
To ruin; to damage (something) in some way making it unfit for use.
To ruin the character of, by overindulgence; to coddle or pamper to excess.
Of food, to become bad, sour or rancid; to decay.
Make sure you put the milk back in the fridge, otherwise it will spoil.
To render (a ballot paper) invalid by deliberately defacing it.
To reveal the ending of (a story etc.); to ruin (a surprise) by exposing it ahead of time.
Origin: From espoillier, from spoliare, present active infinitive of spolio.
to plunder; to strip by violence; to pillage; to rob; -- with of before the name of the thing taken; as, to spoil one of his goods or possession
to seize by violence;; to take by force; to plunder
to cause to decay and perish; to corrput; to vitiate; to mar
to render useless by injury; to injure fatally; to ruin; to destroy; as, to spoil paper; to have the crops spoiled by insects; to spoil the eyes by reading
to practice plunder or robbery
to lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon spoil in warm weather
that which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty
public offices and their emoluments regarded as the peculiar property of a successful party or faction, to be bestowed for its own advantage; -- commonly in the plural; as to the victor belong the spoils
that which is gained by strength or effort
the act or practice of plundering; robbery; aste
corruption; cause of corruption
the slough, or cast skin, of a serpent or other animal
Origin: [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. Despoil, Spoliation.]
In Archaeology, spoil is the term used for the soil, dirt and rubble that results from an excavation, and discarded off site on spoil heaps. These heaps are commonly accessed by barrow runs.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spoil, v.t. to take by force: to plunder.—v.i. to practise robbery.—n. prey, plunder: pillage: robbery.—n. Spoil′er, one who spoils, a plunderer.—n.pl. Spō′lia opī′ma, the most valued spoils—taken by a Roman commander from the enemy's commander in single combat; hence supreme rewards or honours generally. [O. Fr. espoille—L. spolium, spoil.]
spoil, v.t. to corrupt: to mar: to make useless.—v.i. to decay: to become useless.—ns. Spoil′er, a corrupter; Spoil′-five, a round game of cards played with the whole pack, each one of the three to ten players receiving five cards.—adj. Spoil′ful (Spens.), wasteful, rapacious.—n. Spoils′man, one who looks for profit out of politics. [Same as above word.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'spoil' in Verbs Frequency: #869
The numerical value of spoil in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of spoil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of spoil in a Sentence
A single fact can spoil a good argument.
Success didn't spoil me, I've always been insufferable.
I ’m trying [ to spoil her ], yes of course, being very attentive.
You may share the labours of the great, but you may not share the spoil.
Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.
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- espoliarCatalan, Valencian
- lup, kořist, zkazit, rozmazlitCzech
- Beute, ruinieren, verderben, verwöhnenGerman
- αλλοιώνω, καλομαθαίνω, χαλάω, κόβω, μυρίζω, προδίδω, λάφυρο, λεία, μπάζα, καταστρέφω, αμαυρώνω, κακομαθαίνω, αλλοιώνομαι, ξινίζω, μαρτυράωGreek
- botín, agriar, despojar, dañar, echar a perder, estropear, chiquear, descomponerse, echarse a perder, espoliar, arruinar, malcriar, consentirSpanish
- از بین بردنPersian
- ryöstösaalis, sotasaalis, jätemaa, louhe, hemmotella, hapantua, mädäntyä, saalis, jätemassa, pilata, ruoppausmassa, lelliä, pilaantua, mädätäFinnish
- butin, gâter, dépouille, gâcher, tournerFrench
- התקלקל, שללHebrew
- gateHaitian Creole
- megsavanyodik, elkényeztet, megromlik, zsákmány, rongál, tönkreteszHungarian
- rovinare, bottino, viziareItalian
- 略奪品, 利権, 傷める, こわす, 甘やかす, 廃棄物, 傷つける, だめ, 台無し, 腐るJapanese
- verbrodden, verwennen, bederven, buit, verprutsenDutch
- pilhagem, saque, arruinar, butim, estragar, mimarPortuguese
- răsfăța, pradă, strica, ruinaRomanian
- испортить, повреждать, баловать, избаловать, испортиться, трофей, портить, повредить, прокиснуть, скиснутьRussian
- byte, fördärvaSwedish
- bozulmak, çürümek, yağma, mahvetmek, üzerine titremekTurkish
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