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verb (used with or without object), spo·li·at·ed, spo·li·at·ing.
  1. to plunder, rob, or ruin.
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Origin of spoliate

1715–25; < Latin spoliātus, past participle of spoliāre to spoil. See spoil, -ate1
Related formsspo·li·a·tor, noun
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Related Words for spoliated

demolish, depredate, desecrate, desolate, despoil, destroy, devastate, devour, fleece, gut, havoc, loot, maraud, pillage, plunder, ransack, rape, ravage, rifle, rob

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Historical Examples of spoliated

  • Why did we not hear this when the British spoliated on our commerce!

    Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)

    Thomas Hart Benton

  • In The Creditor, Strindberg treats again his favourite theme of the vampire woman and the spoliated man.


    Horace Barnett Samuel

  • The spoliated Church is avenged upon the heirs of those who worked its temporal ruin.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas

    Richard Henry Savage

British Dictionary definitions for spoliated


  1. a less common word for despoil
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