Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To plunder; pillage; despoil.
  • To engage in robbery; plunder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb To plunder; to pillage; to despoil; to rob.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, obsolete To plunder; to pillage; to despoil; to rob.
  • verb intransitive, obsolete To engage in robbery; to plunder.

Etymologies

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From Latin spoliātus, perfect passive participle of spoliō ("plunder, pillage, rob").

Examples

  • EDITOR: Presumably this is why she thinks she can spoliate the role of the Queen for herself?

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  • EDITOR: Presumably this is why she thinks she can spoliate the role of the Queen for herself?

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  • But it is theft of an aggravated kind, as the property which it would spoliate is more highly appraised than other chattels.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Will Great Britain, a wise and magnanimous country, thus tutored by experience and wasted by war, the French Navy riding her Channel, send an army to Ireland, to levy no tax, to enforce no law, to answer no end whatsoever, except to spoliate the charters of Ireland and enforce a barren oppression?

    I. A Plea for Irish Legislative Independence

  • Judge Whyte found Rambus did not spoliate evidence as Hynix had alleged, and a jury found Rambus patents valid and infringed by Hynix.

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  • Therefore, to spoliate evidence suggests that the spoliators 'argument or theory would be weakened, or embarrassed, by that evidence.

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  • Judge Whyte found Rambus did not spoliate evidence as Hynix had alleged, and a jury found Rambus patents valid and infringed by Hynix.

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  • Judge Whyte found Rambus did not spoliate evidence as Hynix had alleged, and a jury found Rambus patents valid and infringed by Hynix.

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  • Judge Whyte found Rambus did not spoliate evidence as Hynix had alleged, and a jury found Rambus patents valid and infringed by Hynix.

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  • Jan. 5, 2006) found that Rambus did not spoliate evidence.

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  • Spoliate (adjective) means destitute, devoid (OED).

    February 13, 2012