verb[with object] formal
Rob of something; plunder: the slogan was purely a cover to spoliate ecclesiastical endowments
More example sentences
- I do mind spoliating education by applying money less efficiently where it might be applied more efficiently.
- The claimant has reason to believe that named family members had bank accounts spoliated in France during the war and not restored after the war.
- To confiscate this property would be to spoliate the laity.
early 18th century: from Latin spoliat- 'spoilt', from the verb spoliare 'strip, deprive'.