Crossword clues for spoil
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Spoil \Spoil\ (spoil), v. i.
To practice plunder or robbery.
Outlaws, which, lurking in woods, used to break forth to rob and spoil.
To lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon spoil in warm weather.
Spoil \Spoil\, n. [Cf. OF. espoille, L. spolium.]
That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty.
Gentle gales, Fanning their odoriferous wings, dispense Native perfumes, and whisper whence they stole Those balmy spoils.
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.
From a principle of gratitude I adhered to the coalition; my vote was counted in the day of battle, but I was overlooked in the division of the spoil.
That which is gained by strength or effort.
Each science and each art his spoil.
The act or practice of plundering; robbery; waste.
The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treason, stratagems, and spoils.
Corruption; cause of corruption. [Archaic]
Villainous company hath been the spoil of me.
The slough, or cast skin, of a serpent or other animal. [Obs.]
Spoil bank, a bank formed by the earth taken from an excavation, as of a canal.
The spoils system, the theory or practice of regarding public offices and their emoluments as so much plunder to be distributed among their active partisans by those who are chosen to responsible offices of administration.
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.]
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. 2
My sons their old, unhappy sire despise, Spoiled of his kingdom, and deprived of eyes.
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.
To cause to decay and perish; to corrupt; to vitiate; to mar.
Spiritual pride spoils many graces.
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.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"booty, goods captured in time of war," mid-14c., spoils (collective singular), from spoil (v.) or else from Old French espoille "booty, spoil," from the verb in French, and in part from Latin spolium. Also from the Latin noun are Spanish espolio, Italian spoglio.\n
\nTransferred sense of "that which has been acquired by special effort" is from 1750. Spoils has stood cynically for "public offices, etc." aince at least 1770. Spoils system in U.S. politics attested by 1839, commonly associated with the administration of President Andrew Jackson, on the notion of "to the victor belongs the spoils."
c.1300, "to strip (someone) of clothes, strip a slain enemy," from Old French espillier "to strip, plunder, pillage," from Latin spoliare "to strip, uncover, lay bare; strip of clothing, rob, plunder, pillage," from spolia, plural of spolium "arms taken from an enemy, booty;" originally "skin stripped from a killed animal," from PIE *spol-yo-, perhaps from root *spel- "to split, to break off" (see spill (v.)).\n
\nFrom late 14c. in English as "strip with violence, rob, pillage, plunder, dispossess; impoverish with excessive taxation." Used c.1400 as the verb to describe Christ's harrowing of Hell. Sense of "destroy, ruin, damage so as to render useless" is from 1560s; that of "to over-indulge" (a child, etc.) is from 1640s (implied in spoiled). Intransitive sense of "become tainted, go bad, lose freshness" is from 1690s. To be spoiling for (a fight, etc.) is from 1865, from notion that one will "spoil" if he doesn't get it.
n. 1 (Also in plural: '''spoils''') plunder taken from an enemy or victim. 2 (context uncountable English) Material (such as rock or earth) removed in the course of an excavation, or in mining or dredge. tailings. vb. 1 (context transitive archaic English) To strip (someone who has been killed or defeated) of their arms or armour. (from 14th c.) 2 (context transitive archaic English) To strip or deprive (someone) of their possessions; to rob, despoil. (from 14th c.) 3 (context ambitransitive archaic English) To plunder, pillage (a city, country etc.). (from 14th c.) 4 (context transitive obsolete English) To carry off (goods) by force; to steal. (14th-19th c.) 5 (context transitive English) To ruin; to damage (something) in some way making it unfit for use. (from 16th c.) 6 (context transitive English) To ruin the character of, by overindulgence; to coddle or pamper to excess. (from 17th c.) 7 (context intransitive English) Of food, to become bad, sour or rancid; to decay. (from 17th c.) 8 (context transitive English) To render (a ballot paper) invalid by deliberately defacing it. (from 19th c.) 9 (context transitive English) To reveal the ending of (a story etc.); to ruin (a surprise) by exposing it ahead of time.
n. (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war); "to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"
v. 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]
become unfit for consumption or use; "the meat must be eaten before it spoils" [syn: go bad]
alter from the original [syn: corrupt]
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]
have a strong desire or urge to do something; "She is itching to start the project"; "He is spoiling for a fight" [syn: itch]
Spoil or spoils:
- Plunder taken from an enemy or victim.
- Material (such as rock or earth) removed during:
- An Australian rules football tactic, see One percenter (Australian rules football)#Spoil
In Archaeology, spoil is the term used for the soil, dirt and rubble that results from an excavation, and discarded off site on spoil heaps. These heaps are commonly accessed by barrow runs.
Usage examples of "spoil".
One corner of the bundle, wrapped solidly, had abraded to threads, but had not spoiled.
When figure 188 is examined, it will be noticed that the recurve is spoiled by the appendage abutting upon it between the shoulders at a right angle, so it must also be classified with the tented arches.
An appendage abutting upon a loop at right angles between the shoulders is considered to spoil the loop, while an appendage which flows off smoothly is considered to leave the recurve intact.
There are three loop formations, each one of which is spoiled by an appendage abutting upon its recurve between the shoulders at a right angle.
It cannot be classified as a whorl as the only recurve is spoiled by the appendage abutting upon it at the point of contact with the line of flow.
Romulus, more than a thousand years before, had ascended the Capitoline Mount on foot, bearing in his arms the spoil of Acron, and his example had been followed by a long line of Roman heroes.
Dred Scott decision in,--a niche which would have been spoiled by adopting the amendment.
A few moments later Aristarchi had placed her in his boat, the heavy bundle of spoils lay at her feet, and the craft shot swiftly from the door of the house of the Agnus Dei.
Aye, Alienor was certain that Duncan knew much of steal-ing and spoiling women.
If one should be spoiled, it is better to allow it to stand over for assaying along with the next batch.
The more popular support the Ottoman rulers garnered through the ages, the more they sought to sustain their authoritarianism without resort to force, but instead by building bridges to key sectors of the societies they ruled, by allowing others to share in the spoils and by never totally vanquishing their opponents, but instead always leaving them a way out so that they might one day be turned into friends.
We like to watch the relief spread through our groups when we reassure them that they cannot spoil their babies with love and attention, especially during the first year, and that they should feel free to fully indulge and enjoy their babies during this time.
Mothers of fussy, uncomfortable infants tend to worry a lot about spoiling because their babies require enormous 28 29 We urge Jessica not to continue trying to go it alone.
They were intoxicated by his wealth and power: his treasury, the Beit el Mai, held gold, jewels and millions in specie, the spoils of his conquests and the sack of the principal cities of the Nile.
After the French returned home Ducasse reserved all the negroes for himself, and many of the freebooters who had taken part in the expedition, exasperated by such a division of the spoil, deserted the governor and resorted to buccaneering on their own account.