spoliations

spoliation

[spoh-lee-ey-shuhn]
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; 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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spoliation (ˌspəʊlɪˈeɪʃən)
 
n
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
 
[C14: from Latin spoliātiō, from spoliāre to spoil]
 
'spoliatory
 
adj

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