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  Definition of Spoil
  1. the act of stripping and taking by force
  2. the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it; "her spoiling my dress was deliberate"
  3. (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war); "to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"
  4. alter from the original
  5. become unfit for consumption or use; "the meat must be eaten before it spoils"
  6. make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"
  7. destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
  8. have a strong desire or urge to do something; "She is itching to start the project"; "He is spoiling for a fight"
  9. 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"
  10. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth''s amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
  11. treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let''s not mollycoddle our students!"
Similar Words: spoliation, spoilation, despoilation, despoilment, despoliation, spoiling, spoilage, corrupt, go bad, mar, impair, deflower, vitiate, rape, despoil, violate, plunder, itch, 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, thwart, queer, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk, pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle, indulge

 

See Also: double cross

 

Hyponyms: adulterate, stretch, dilute, debase, addle, curdle, defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloud, deface, disfigure, blemish, disappoint, let down, dash, short-circuit, ruin

 

Derivational Morphology: plunder, despoil, loot, reave, strip, rifle, ransack, pillage, foray, rape, violate, 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, mar, impair, deflower, vitiate, spoliation, spoilage, spoiling, defloration, impairment, impairer, blemish, defect, plundering, pillaging, spoilation, despoilation, despoilment, despoliation, rapine, urge, itch, blunder, blooper, bloomer, foul-up, boner, boo-boo, ballup, balls-up, cockup, mess-up, bungler, blunderer, fumbler, bumbler, stumbler, sad sack, botcher, butcher, screwup, frustration, defeat, thwarting, foiling, cross, crown of thorns, obstructionist, obstructor, obstructer, resister, thwarter, indulgence, indulging, pampering, humoring, pamperer, spoiler, coddler, mollycoddler, mollycoddle, baby, babe, infant

 

 
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