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Definitions of spoil

  1. treat with excessive indulgence; " grandparents often pamper the children"; " Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
  2. hinder or prevent ( the efforts, plans, or desires) of; " What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; " foil your opponent"
  3. alter from the original
  4. destroy and strip of its possession; " The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
  5. the act of stripping and taking by force
  6. become unfit for consumption or use; " the meat must be eaten before it spoils"
  7. have a strong desire or urge to do soemthing; " She is itching to start the project"; " He is spoiling for a fight"
  8. the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it; " her spoiling my dress was deliberate"
  9. ( usually plural) valuables taken by violence ( especially in war); " to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"
  10. have a strong desire or urge to do something; " She is itching to start the project"; " He is spoiling for a fight"
  11. 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.
  12. To seize by violence;; to take by force; to plunder.
  13. 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.
  14. To practice plunder or robbery.
  15. To lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon spoil in warm weather.
  16. That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty.
  17. That which is gained by strength or effort.
  18. The act or practice of plundering; robbery; aste.
  19. Corruption; cause of corruption.
  20. The slough, or cast skin, of a serpent or other animal.
  21. To plunder; corrupt; destroy; colloquially, to overindulge so as to harm character; as, to spoil a child.
  22. To practice plunder or robbery; to become corrupted; decay.
  23. Pillage; plunder; booty.
  24. Spoiler.
  25. Spoiled, spoilt.
  26. Spoiling.
  27. To take by force: to plunder.
  28. To practice robbery.
  29. That which is taken by force: plunder: pillage: robbery.
  30. To corrupt: to mar: to make useless.
  31. To decay: to become useless.
  32. Anything taken by force; pillage.
  33. To become worthless; decay.
  34. To render worthless; corrupt; destroy.
  35. To make worthless; taint or become tainted.
  36. To rob; despoil.
  37. Plunder; booty.
  38. That which is taken by violence; pillage; booty; that which is gained by effort; that which is taken from another without license; robbery; corruption; the cast skin of a serpent or other animal.
  39. To plunder; to strip by violence; to seize by violence; to corrupt; to vitiate; to ruin by indulgence; to render useless by injury; to injure fatally.
  40. To practise plunder or robbery; to decay.
  41. That which is taken by force, especially in war; pillage; plunder.
  42. To plunder; to rob.
  43. To waste; to render useless; to mar; to taint; to go to ruin.

Usage examples for spoil

  1. They've done what they could to spoil my cure, but I'm not going to have them spoil my aftercure." – Their Silver Wedding Journey by William Dean Howells
  2. The florins will be handed to you at sea, and if you prove brave in battle you will have your share of the spoil. – The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere by Charles de Coster
  3. I hope it didn't spoil your film. – Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines by Ruthe S. Wheeler
  4. I was rather glad she couldn't, for it would spoil the surprise a little, I thought. – Joe Wilson and His Mates by Henry Lawson
  5. But she will not laugh when she bethinketh her that she must share one- half of the spoil with La Stevenyne! – The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere by Charles de Coster
  6. She was a very ugly baby; for the first two years I could hardly bear to look at her, and I used to spoil my own looks with crying about her. – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  7. I thought I wouldn't spoil the plot. – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss
  8. Monsieur, that spoil it. – A Family Man (From the Fifth Series Plays) by John Galsworthy Last Updated: February 10, 2009
  9. " Thank you- even if you did rather spoil it. – A Daughter of the Vine by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  10. Why need he spoil it all? – Father Stafford by Anthony Hope
  11. He has never told her; partly because he thought it would not be fair to her, partly because he knows it would spoil the play. – If I May by A. A. Milne
  12. He'll laugh at us, and spoil all our fun. – Half a Dozen Girls by Anna Chapin Ray
  13. She thinks we would spoil Rose." – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  14. The children laughed again, and Mr. Treadwell said: " It wouldn't do to have the parrot in the play, or he'd spoil the first scene. – Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue Giving a Show by Laura Lee Hope
  15. Aunt Harry said I would spoil you. – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  16. And spoil our walk? – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  17. Price of the spoil. – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson
  18. David got a heavy blow some years ago as I told you, I think; and he took it hard, but it did not spoil him: it made a man of him; and, if I am not much mistaken, he will yet do something to be proud of, though the world may never hear of it. – Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott
  19. Go away before you spoil my afternoon. – King Arthur's Socks and Other Village Plays by Floyd Dell
  20. But before he had shown his spoil Boudrys had invited his friends to a third wedding. – Abbé Aubain and Mosaics by Prosper Mérimée
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