Spoil v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spoiled or Spoilt p. pr. & vb. n. Spoiling.]
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. “Ye shall spoil the Egyptians.”
My sons their old, unhappy sire despise,
Spoiled of his kingdom, and deprived of eyes. --Pope.
2. To seize by violence; to take by force; to plunder.
No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man. --Mark iii. 27.
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.
Spoil v. i.
1. To practice plunder or robbery.
Outlaws, which, lurking in woods, used to break forth to rob and spoil. --Spenser.
2. To lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon spoil in warm weather.
1. That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty.
Fanning their odoriferous wings, dispense
Native perfumes, and whisper whence they stole
Those balmy spoils. --Milton.
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. --Gibbon.
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.
The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treason, stratagems, and spoils. --Shak.
5. Corruption; cause of corruption. [Archaic]
Villainous company hath been the spoil of me. --Shak.
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.
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.
n 1: (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in
war); "to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"
2: the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it; "her
spoiling my dress was deliberate" [syn: spoiling, spoilage]
3: the act of stripping and taking by force [syn: spoliation,
spoilation, despoilation, despoilment, despoliation]
v 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" [syn: 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]
2: become unfit for consumption or use; "the meat must be eaten
before it spoils" [syn: go bad]
3: alter from the original [syn: corrupt]
4: treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper
the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!" [syn:
pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle,
5: hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What
ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing
September surge"; "foil your opponent" [syn: thwart, queer,
scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk]
6: have a strong desire or urge to do something; "She is
itching to start the project"; "He is spoiling for a
fight" [syn: itch]
7: destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the
beautiful country" [syn: rape, despoil, violate, plunder]
8: make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty" [syn: mar, impair,