Pronunciation: spoil
v. t.1.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 possessions.
[imp. & p. p. Spoiled (spoild) or Spoilt (spoilt); p. pr. & vb. n. Spoiling.]
2.To seize by violence; to take by force; to plunder.
3.To cause to decay and perish; to corrupt; to vitiate; to mar.
Spiritual pride spoils many graces.
- Jer. Taylor.
4.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.
v. i.1.To practice plunder or robbery.
2.To lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon spoil in warm weather.
n.1.That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty.
2.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.
3.That which is gained by strength or effort.
Each science and each art his spoil.
- Bentley.
4.The act or practice of plundering; robbery; waste.
5.Corruption; cause of corruption.
6.The slough, or cast skin, of a serpent or other animal.
Spoil bank
a bank formed by the earth taken from an excavation, as of a canal.
The spoils system
the theory or practice of regarding public offices and their emoluments as so much plunder to be distributed among their active partisans by those who are chosen to responsible offices of administration.
Noun1.spoil - (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war); "to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"
2.spoil - the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it; "her spoiling my dress was deliberate"
Synonyms: spoiling, spoilage
3.spoil - the act of stripping and taking by force
Verb1.spoil - 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"
2.spoil - become unfit for consumption or use; "the meat must be eaten before it spoils"
Synonyms: go bad
3.spoil - alter from the original
Synonyms: corrupt
4.spoil - treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
5.spoil - hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
6.spoil - have a strong desire or urge to do something; "She is itching to start the project"; "He is spoiling for a fight"
Synonyms: itch
7.spoil - destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
8.spoil - make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"
Synonyms: mar, vitiate, deflower, impair
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