Spoil Definition

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To damage or injure in such a way as to make useless, valueless, etc.; destroy.
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To mar or impair the enjoyment, quality, or functioning of.
Rain spoiled the picnic.
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To harm the character of (a child) by overindulgence or leniency.
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To pillage; plunder.
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To overindulge so as to cause to demand or expect too much.
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Goods, territory, etc. taken by force in war; plunder; loot; booty.
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Public offices to which the successful political party has the power of appointment.
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An object of plunder; prey.
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Waste material removed in making excavations, etc.
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The act of plundering; spoliation.
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be spoiling for a fight
  • to be aggressively eager for a fight or confrontation
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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Spoil

  • be spoiling for a fight

Origin of Spoil

  • Middle English spoilen to plunder from Old French espoillier from Latin spoliāre from spolium booty

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French espoillier, from Latin spoliāre, present active infinitive of spoliō (“pillage, ruin, spoil").

    From Wiktionary

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