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Definition of Spoil

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plunder, loot, goods taken from an enemy in a war or in a robbery; waste material (i.e. earth dug up while mining or excavating)
damage; impair, detract from; ruin by excessive indulgence, pamper too much; go bad, decay (of food); plunder, pillage, rob
Spoil Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
corrumpo
Spoil Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To seize by violence;; to take by force; to plunder.
  
(v. t.)
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. t.)
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.
  
(v. t.)
To cause to decay and perish; to corrput; to vitiate; to mar.
  
(v. i.)
To practice plunder or robbery.
  
(v. i.)
To lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon spoil in warm weather.
  
(n.)
The slough, or cast skin, of a serpent or other animal.
  
(n.)
The act or practice of plundering; robbery; aste.
  
(n.)
That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty.
  
(n.)
That which is gained by strength or effort.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
Corruption; cause of corruption.
  
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spoil
\spoil\ (?), v. i.
1. to practice plunder or robbery. outlaws, which, lurking in woods, used to break forth to rob and spoil.
2. to lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon spoil in warm weather.
spoil
\spoil\, n. [cf. of. espoille, l. spolium.] 1. that which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty. gentle gales, fanning their odoriferous wings, dispense native perfumes, and whisper whence they stole those balmy spoils.
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. from a principle of gratitude i adhered to the coalition; my vote was counted in the day of battle, but i was overlooked in the division of the spoil.
3. that which is gained by strength or effort. each science and each art his spoil.
4. the act or practice of plundering; robbery; aste. the man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treason, stratagems, and spoil.
5. corruption; cause of corruption. [archaic] villainous company hath been the spoil of me.
6. the slough, or cast skin, of a serpent or other animal. [obs.]
spoil
bank, a bank formed by the earth taken from an excavation, as of a canal.


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The Phrase Finder
Origin
From The Bible, Old Testament Proverbs 13-24 - He that spareth his rod hateth his son.
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JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Anrheithio = v. to prey, to spoil
Ysglyfaeth = n. depredation; prey, spoil
Ysglyfaethu = v. to depredate, to spoil
Yspail = n. a spoil, a prey
Yspeilio = v. to spoil
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war); "to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"
(hypernym) stolen property
(derivation) rape, despoil, violate, plunder
(classification) plural, plural form
2. the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it; "her spoiling my dress was deliberate"
(synonym) spoiling, spoilage
(hypernym) injury
(derivation) mar, impair, deflower, vitiate
3. the act of stripping and taking by force
(synonym) spoliation, spoilation, despoilation, despoilment, despoliation
(hypernym) plundering, pillage, pillaging
(derivation) rape, despoil, violate, plunder

Verb
1. 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"
(synonym) botch, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up
(hypernym) fail, go wrong, miscarry
(derivation) spoiling, spoilage
2. become unfit for consumption or use; "the meat must be eaten before it spoils"
(synonym) go bad
(hypernym) decay
(hyponym) addle
(derivation) spoilage, spoiling
3. alter from the original
(synonym) corrupt
(hypernym) modify
(hyponym) adulterate, stretch, dilute, debase
(derivation) spoliation
4. treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
(synonym) pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle, indulge
(hypernym) treat, handle, do by
(derivation) pamperer, spoiler, coddler, mollycoddler
5. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
(synonym) thwart, queer, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk
(hypernym) prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid
(hyponym) disappoint, let down
6. have a strong desire or urge to do something; "She is itching to start the project"; "He is spoiling for a fight"
(synonym) itch
(hypernym) desire, want
7. destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
(synonym) rape, despoil, violate, plunder
(hypernym) destroy, ruin
8. make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"
(synonym) mar, impair, deflower, vitiate
(hypernym) damage
(hyponym) defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloud
(derivation) spoiling, spoilage
Spoil Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Spoil or spoils:
  • Plunder taken from an enemy or victim.
  • Material (such as rock or earth) removed during:
    • excavation
    • mining
    • dredging
  • An Australian rules football tactic, see One percenter (Australian rules football)#Spoil

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Spoil Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
EPA Terms of Environment
Dirt or rock removed from its original location--destroying the composition of the soil in the process--as in strip-mining, dredging, or construction.
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Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
Dirt or rock removed from its original location--destroying the composition of the soil in the process--as in strip-mining, dredging, or construction.