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PronunciationEdit

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  • Rhymes: -ɔɪlz

NounEdit

spoils pl (plural only)

  1. That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty.
    "Gentle gales, Fanning their odoriferous wings, dispense Native perfumes, and whisper whence they stole Those balmy spoils."
(Can we date this quote by Milton?)
  1. Public offices and their benefits regarded as the peculiar property of a successful party or faction, to be bestowed for its own advantage.
    To the victor belong the spoils.

SynonymsEdit

  • (that which is taken from another by violence): For semantic relationships of this sense, see booty in the Thesaurus.



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VerbEdit

spoils

  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of spoil
    Milk spoils when left out too long.