Spoil Spoil (spoil), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spoiled} (spoild) or {Spoilt} (spoilt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spoiling}.] [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. {Despoil}, {Spoliation}.] 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.'' --Ex. iii. 22. [1913 Webster]

My sons their old, unhappy sire despise, Spoiled of his kingdom, and deprived of eyes. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To seize by violence; to take by force; to plunder. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause to decay and perish; to corrupt; to vitiate; to mar. [1913 Webster]

Spiritual pride spoils many graces. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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