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What does "Spoil" mean?

Definition

(n.) Corruption; cause of corruption (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.) That which is gained by strength or effort (n.) That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty (n.) The act or practice of plundering; robbery; aste (n.) The slough, or cast skin, of a serpent or other animal (v. i.) To lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon spoil in warm weather (v. i.) To practice plunder or robbery (v. t.) To cause to decay and perish; to corrput; to vitiate; to mar (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 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 seize by violence;; to take by force; to plunder


Synonyms blow, cross, thwart, foil, indulge, baffle, baby, corrupt, queer, vitiate, blunder, impair, mar, fumble, coddle, scotch, fluff, botch, bilk, pamper, screw up, cosset, frustrate, muff, cocker, bollocks, bungle, flub, mollycoddle, bobble, deflower, mess up, bollix, spoliation, mishandle, despoliation, featherbed, muck up, spoilage, foul up, ball up, botch up, go bad, louse up, spoiling, despoilment, spoilation, bollix up, bollocks up


Example: "Her spoiling my dress was deliberate" Example: "To the victor belong the spoils of the enemy" Example: "The meat must be eaten before it spoils" Example: "He is spoiling for a fight"


Word Family spoiled, spoiler, spoilers, spoiling, spoils, spoilt, unspoiled, unspoilt