verb (used with object), spoiled or spoilt, spoil·ing.
verb (used without object), spoiled or spoilt, spoil·ing.
- the emoluments and advantages of public office viewed as won by a victorious political party: the spoils of office.
- prizes won or treasures accumulated: a child's spoils brought home from a party.
- spohr, ludwig,
- spoil bank,
- spoil for,
- spoil ground,
- spoiled priest
Origin of spoil
Examples from the Web for spoils
Yet instead of disbelieving that the facts will set us free, we cling to them as if they were spoils of war.
Over time, old rivalries began to deepen, particularly over the spoils of corruption.
Perhaps worst of all, this scramble for spoils raises the value of gains even as it lowers the bar for action.
Meanwhile, ISIS amassed resources, money, and heavy weapons brought back as spoils from their military victories in Iraq.
Kourtney Kardashian (Keeping Up With the Kardashians) Kourtney spoils her son, Mason, and she and her boyfriend love him a lot.TV’s Best and Worst Moms: ‘Veep,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and More|The Daily Beast Video|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But immediately after making this pious pact they began to distribute among themselves the spoils of war.The Jesuits, 1534-1921|Thomas J. Campbell
Mums says he spoils us, but I don't think he does, for he's very particular.The Girls and I|Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
Flushed with victory, and laden with spoils, Falstaff and his companions sat down on the grass to divide the latter.The Life Of Sir John Falstaff|Robert B. Brough
She had outwitted him at the start and borne off the spoils, but he would wrest them from her, and tame her into the bargain.The Fifth Ace|Douglas Grant
After an absence of from four to six hours, he would return well-laden with the spoils of war.Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field|Thomas W. Knox
verb spoils, spoiling, spoilt or spoiled
- the act of plundering
- a strategically placed building, city, etc, captured as plunder
Word Origin for spoil
c.1300, from Old French espoillier "to strip, plunder," from Latin spoliare "to strip of clothing, rob," from spolium "armor stripped from an enemy, booty;" originally "skin stripped from a killed animal," from PIE *spol-yo-, perhaps from root *spel- "to split, to break off" (cf. Greek aspalon "skin, hide," spolas "flayed skin;" Lithuanian spaliai "shives of flax;" Old Church Slavonic rasplatiti "to cleave, split;" Middle Low German spalden, Old High German spaltan "to split;" Sanskrit sphatayati "splits").
Sense of "to 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 "to go bad" 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. Spoil-sport attested from 1801.
"goods captured in time of war," c.1300; see spoil (v.). 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."
In addition to the idioms beginning with spoil
- spoil for
- spare the rod and spoil the child
- too many cooks spoil the broth
- to the victor belong the spoils