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[spoh-lee-ey-shuh n] /ˌspoʊ liˈeɪ ʃən/
the act or an instance of plundering or despoiling.
authorized plundering of neutrals at sea in time of war.
Law. the destruction or material alteration of a bill of exchange, will, or the like.
the act of spoiling or damaging something.
Origin of spoliation
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin spoliātiōn- (stem of spoliātiō), equivalent to spoliāt(us) (past participle of spoliāre to spoil; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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  • Similarly, sanctions under this authority are warranted for spoliation of evidence.
  • The reflections on the spoliation of the monasteries consist of a string of shrewd observations.
  • Another cause for concern is the spoliation of our natural resources evidenced by the offshore oil legislation.
  • spoliation has been the concomitant of war since earliest times.
  • Motion to dismiss based upon spoliation of evidence denied.
  • The argument goes that the district court erred in refusing to apply a spoliation of evidence rule.
  • The issues raised concern the sufficiency of the evidence, the failure to suppress evidence, and the spoliation of evidence.
  • Whether the trial court erred in refusing to instruct the jury on spoliation of evidence.
British Dictionary definitions for spoliation


the act or an instance of despoiling or plundering
the authorized seizure or plundering of neutral vessels on the seas by a belligerent state in time of war
(law) the material alteration of a document so as to render it invalid
(English ecclesiastical law) the taking of the fruits of a benefice by a person not entitled to them
Derived Forms
spoliatory, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin spoliātiō, from spoliāre to spoil
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Word Origin and History for spoliation

c.1400, from Latin spoliationem (nominative spoliatio) "a robbing, plundering, pillaging," noun of action from spoliare "to plunder, rob" (see spoil).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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