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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
          mollycoddle, indulge]
      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,
          deflower, vitiate]
      [also: spoilt]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: having the character or disposition harmed by pampering or
             oversolicitous attention; "a spoiled child" [syn: spoiled]
      2: (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition; "bad
         meat"; "a refrigerator full of spoilt food" [syn: bad, spoiled]
      3: affected by blight--anything that mars or events growth or
         prosperity; "a blighted rose"; "blighted urtan districts"
         [syn: blighted]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See spoil