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Definition 1: the act of stripping and taking by force - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for spoil in the sense of this definition

(spoil is a kind of ...) the act of stealing valuable things from a place

"the plundering of the Parthenon" "his plundering of the great authors"

Definition 2: the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it - [noun denoting act]

Samples where spoil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her spoiling my dress was deliberate

Synonyms for spoil in the sense of this definition

(spoil is a kind of ...) an act that causes someone or something to receive physical damage

Definition 3: (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war) - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where spoil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy

(spoil is a kind of ...) property that has been stolen

(spoil is used in the usage domain ...) the form of a word that is used to denote more than one

Definition 4: become unfit for consumption or use - [verb of change]

Samples where spoil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the meat must be eaten before it spoils

Synonyms for spoil in the sense of this definition

(spoil is a kind of ...) undergo decay or decomposition

"The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"

(... is a kind of spoil ) become rotten

"addled eggs"

(... is a kind of spoil ) go bad or sour

"The milk curdled"

Definition 5: alter from the original - [verb of change]

Synonyms for spoil in the sense of this definition

(spoil is a kind of ...) make less severe or harsh or extreme

"please modify this letter to make it more polite" "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"

(... is a kind of spoil ) corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

"adulterate liquor"

Definition 6: make imperfect - [verb of change]

Samples where spoil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • nothing marred her beauty

Synonyms for spoil in the sense of this definition

(spoil is a kind of ...) inflict damage upon

"The snow damaged the roof" "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"

(... is a kind of spoil ) place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

"sully someone's reputation"

(... is a kind of spoil ) mar or spoil the appearance of

"scars defaced her cheeks" "The vandals disfigured the statue"

Definition 7: destroy and strip of its possession - [verb of contact]

Samples where spoil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The soldiers raped the beautiful country

Synonyms for spoil in the sense of this definition

(spoil is a kind of ...) destroy completely; damage irreparably

"You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!" "The tears ruined her make-up"

Definition 8: have a strong desire or urge to do something - [verb of emotion]

Samples where spoil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She is itching to start the project
  • He is spoiling for a fight

Synonyms for spoil in the sense of this definition

(spoil is a kind of ...) feel or have a desire for; want strongly

"I want to go home now" "I want my own room"

Samples where spoil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge
  • foil your opponent

Synonyms for spoil in the sense of this definition

(spoil is a kind of ...) keep from happening or arising; make impossible

"My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

(... is a kind of spoil ) fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

"Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"

(... is a kind of spoil ) destroy or break

"dashed ambitions and hopes"

(... is a kind of spoil ) hamper the progress of; impede

"short-circuit warm feelings"

(... is a kind of spoil ) destroy or cause to fail

"This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"

Samples where spoil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • grandparents often pamper the children
  • Let's not mollycoddle our students!

Synonyms for spoil in the sense of this definition

(spoil is a kind of ...) interact in a certain way

"Do right by her" "Treat him with caution, please" "Handle the press reporters gently"

Samples where spoil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I botched the dinner and we had to eat out
  • the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement

Synonyms for spoil in the sense of this definition

(spoil is a kind of ...) be unsuccessful

"Where do today's public schools fail?" "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"

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