Entry from British & World English dictionary
verb[with object] formal
Rob of something; plunder: the slogan was purely a cover to spoliate ecclesiastical endowments
More example sentences
- The problem with many of these cases is the evidence is spoliated at such an early date.
- Bonaparte was spoliating the Pope.
- To confiscate this property would be to spoliate the laity.
Early 18th century: from Latin spoliat- 'spoilt', from the verb spoliare 'strip, deprive'.
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