- the act or an instance of plundering or despoiling.
- authorized plundering of neutrals at sea in time of war.
- Law. the destruction or material alteration of a bill of exchange, will, or the like.
- the act of spoiling or damaging something.
Origin of spoliation
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Examples from the Web for spoliation
Her ruse of spoliation within the law was evidence of her shrewdness, nothing more.Within the Law
Ages of spoliation and cruelty and wrong had done their work.A Short History of Spain
Mary Platt Parmele
We believed this policy to be our only safeguard from spoliation, and in that we were right.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail
Yet the spoliation on the spot was emphasized and even put first in the demand.The Wisdom of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
The only difference is that Spoliation has changed her agent.Sophisms of the Protectionists
- the act or an instance of despoiling or plundering
- the authorized seizure or plundering of neutral vessels on the seas by a belligerent state in time of war
- law the material alteration of a document so as to render it invalid
- English ecclesiastical law the taking of the fruits of a benefice by a person not entitled to them
C14: from Latin spoliātiō, from spoliāre to spoil
Word Origin and History for spoliation
c.1400, from Latin spoliationem (nominative spoliatio) "a robbing, plundering, pillaging," noun of action from spoliare "to plunder, rob" (see spoil).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper