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Definition of Spoil


  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 possession.
  2. To seize by violence;; to take by force; to plunder.
  3. To cause to decay and perish; to corrput; to vitiate; to mar.
  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.
  5. To practice plunder or robbery.
  6. To lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon spoil in warm weather.
  7. That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty.
  8. 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.
  9. That which is gained by strength or effort.
  10. The act or practice of plundering; robbery; aste.
  11. Corruption; cause of corruption.
  12. The slough, or cast skin, of a serpent or other animal.

Spoil Quotations

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

There are a handful of people whom money won't spoil, and we all count ourselves among them.
Mignon McLaughlin

Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it.
Lao Tzu

You can't let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones.
Dale Earnhardt

Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.
Audrey Hepburn
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Spoil Translations

spoil in Afrikaans is bederf
spoil in Danish is beskadige
spoil in Dutch is bederven, havenen, beschadigen
spoil in Finnish is hutiloida, pilata
spoil in Italian is viziare
spoil in Spanish is averiarse, despojo
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