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- n. One who spoliates.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who spoliates; a spoiler.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who commits spoliation; a despoiler; a robber.
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A glance at a nationalist journal from the 1840s, for instance, finds the writer Thomas Davis floating a plan to put select Gaelic terms back into popular use in order to "efface the very footsteps of the foreign spoliator from our soil."
In 1049 Leo IX, brother (or, as some say, uncle) of Count Adalbert, and grandson of the spoliator, came to Calw, and required Adalbert to restore the abbey.
Dom Augustine, who had received from Pius VII, then prisoner at Savona, knowledge of the Bull excommunication issued against the spoliator of the States the Holy See, commanded the Prior of Cervara to make immediate retractation.
Now he had the deadly chagrin and bitter disappointment of seeing the money which he had wrested from Clyffurde last night at the price of so much humiliation, transferred to the pockets of a real thief and spoliator who would either keep it for himself or -- what in the enthusiastic royalist's eyes would be even worse -- place it at the service of the Corsican usurper.
For you -- you are made of this stuff -- you are a bird of prey, a spoliator ...
The spoliator of the Roman theatre was his ancestor, the tyrannical and justly-hated Maurice.
The daring expressed in the fierce glances of the eagles and falcons, bespeaks the fearless spoliator, in broad daylight and in the face of an enemy; whereas the large vacant eyes of the owls, have a cruel, coward look, that stamps the midnight assassin.
The moment the other emerges, and before he can fully recover his sight or his senses, the active spoliator makes a dash, seizes the celery in his horny mandibles, and makes off with it as fast as his webbed feet can propel him.
And now, too, had he an equal interest in the removal of his double rival, whom, besides, he considered the spoliator of his hoarded property.
Too aristocratic to be envious, too rich to be a spoliator, too frivolous to be a fanatic by principle, the Revolution turned his brain in the same manner as a rapidly flowing river carries with it the eye that in vain strives to gaze fixedly on it.
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