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spoliation

[spoh-lee-ey-shuh n] /ˌspoʊ liˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of plundering or despoiling.
2.
authorized plundering of neutrals at sea in time of war.
3.
Law. the destruction or material alteration of a bill of exchange, will, or the like.
4.
the act of spoiling or damaging something.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin spoliātiōn- (stem of spoliātiō), equivalent to spoliāt(us) (past participle of spoliāre to spoil; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for spoliations

spoliation

/ˌspəʊlɪˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of despoiling or plundering
2.
the authorized seizure or plundering of neutral vessels on the seas by a belligerent state in time of war
3.
(law) the material alteration of a document so as to render it invalid
4.
(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 spoliations

spoliation

n.

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

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