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Definition of SPOLIATION

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Spoliation \Spo`li*a"tion\ (sp[=o]"l[i^]*[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. spoliatio: cf. F. spoliation. See {Spoil}, v. t.]
     1. The act of plundering; robbery; deprivation; despoliation. [1913 Webster]

              Legal spoliation, which will impoverish one part of the community in order to corrupt the remainder.
                                                    --Sir G. C. Lewis. [1913 Webster]

     2. Robbery or plunder in war; especially, the authorized act or practice of plundering neutrals at sea. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Eccl. Law)
        (a) The act of an incumbent in taking the fruits of his benefice without right, but under a pretended title.
            --Blackstone.
        (b) A process for possession of a church in a spiritual court. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Law) Injury done to a document.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

85 Moby Thesaurus words for "spoliation": banditry, bereavement, bloodbath, blue ruin, breakup, brigandage, brigandism, carnage, consumption, cost, damage, damnation, dead loss, debit, decimation, denial, denudation, depredation, deprivation, desolation, despoiling, despoilment, despoliation, destruction, detriment, devastation, direption, disintegration, disorganization, dispossession, disruption, dissolution, divestment, expense, foraging, foray, forfeit, forfeiture, freebooting, havoc, hecatomb, holocaust, injury, looting, loser, losing, losing streak, loss, marauding, perdition, pillage, pillaging, plunder, plundering, privation, raid, raiding, ransacking, rape, rapine, ravage, ravagement, ravaging, ravishment, razzia, reiving, rifling, robbery, ruin, ruination, sack, sacking, sacrifice, shambles, slaughter, spoiling, stripping, taking away, total loss, undoing, vandalism, waste, wrack, wrack and ruin, wreck


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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