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spoil

spoil - Dictionary definition and meaning for word spoil

Definition
(noun) (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war)
Example Sentence
  • to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy

Definition
(noun) the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it
Synonyms : spoilage , spoiling
Example Sentence
  • her spoiling my dress was deliberate

Definition
(noun) the act of stripping and taking by force
Definition
(verb) make a mess of, destroy or ruin
Example Sentence
  • I botched the dinner and we had to eat out
  • the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement

Definition
(verb) become unfit for consumption or use
Synonyms : go bad
Example Sentence
  • the meat must be eaten before it spoils

Definition
(verb) alter from the original
Synonyms : corrupt

Definition
(verb) treat with excessive indulgence
Example Sentence
  • grandparents often pamper the children
  • Let's not mollycoddle our students!

Definition
(verb) hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
Synonyms : baffle , bilk , cross , foil , frustrate , queer , scotch , thwart
Example Sentence
  • What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge
  • foil your opponent

Definition
(verb) have a strong desire or urge to do something
Synonyms : itch
Example Sentence
  • She is itching to start the project
  • He is spoiling for a fight

Definition
(verb) destroy and strip of its possession
Synonyms : despoil , plunder , rape , violate
Example Sentence
  • The soldiers raped the beautiful country

Definition
(verb) make imperfect
Synonyms : deflower , impair , mar , vitiate
Example Sentence
  • nothing marred her beauty

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