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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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