Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Serving to take away, diminish, or rob.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving to take away, diminish, or rob; esp. (Med.), serving to diminish sensibly the amount of blood in the body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to take away or diminish; specifically, in medicine, lessening the mass of the blood.

Etymologies

Compare French spoliatif. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ‘spoliative Sciron’; Alcidamas of ‘a toy for poetry’ and ‘the witlessness of nature’, and says

    Rhetoric

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