To plunder; to strip by violence; to pillage; to rob; -- with of before the name of the thing taken; as, to spoil one of his goods or possession.
- To impair the value or quality of.
- To damage irreparably; ruin.
- To impair the completeness, perfection, or unity of; flaw grievously: spoiled the party.
- To do harm to the character, nature, or attitude of by oversolicitude, overindulgence, or excessive praise. See Synonyms at pamper.
- Archaic To plunder; despoil.
- Archaic To take by force.
- To become unfit for use or consumption, as from decay. Used especially of perishables, such as food. See Synonyms at decay.
- To pillage.
- Goods or property seized from a victim after a conflict, especially after a military victory.
- Incidental benefits reaped by a winner, especially political patronage enjoyed by a successful party or candidate.
- An object of plunder; prey.
- Refuse material removed from an excavation.
- Archaic The act of plundering; spoliation.
- spoil for To be eager for: spoiling for a fight.