Spoliate Spo"li*ate (sp[=o]"l[i^]*[=a]t), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Spoliated} (-[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spoliating} (-[=a]`t[i^]ng).] [L. spoliatus, p. p. of spoliare to spoil. See {Spoil}, v. t.] To plunder; to pillage; to despoil; to rob. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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