Definition of spoliate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspəʊlɪeɪt/


[with object] formal
Rob of something; plunder: the slogan was purely a cover to spoliate ecclesiastical endowments
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  • 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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