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To treat with great care, attention or indulgence
“Why does a mother spoil her child? What lies behind that overwhelming love which she holds for her offspring?”
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To decompose or break down, especially biologically
“The furnishings were Spartan and, fortunately, no food was left to spoil and contaminate the place.”
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To destroy or damage the value or quality of
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“Wordsworth valued its open landscape, forged by millennia of agriculture, and believed that non-native conifer plantations would spoil the landscape.”
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To wear away or destroy gradually
“Most of them contain acid or emery, which is likely to gradually spoil the temper of the razor.”
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To tarnish with something undesirable
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“Physical offense against the body or the mind that occurs in life should not spoil the cleanliness of soul.”
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To compromise or reduce in quality or purity
“He knows dishonesty will spoil his reputation, and consequently hinder his thriving in the world.”
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To take the pleasure or enjoyment out of
“I don't want to get into too many details here, lest I spoil the experience for you.”
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To cause to fail, or to make great attempts to
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To spoil or render less pure by adding impurities or other substances
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To deal with something clumsily or nervously, typically making a mistake in the process
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To deteriorate or go into decline, especially physically
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To stop operating
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To cause disarray or disorganization in the order of
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To treat someone badly, cruelly or unkindly
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Spend lavishly
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Cast a shadow over
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To bring disrepute to, especially through aspersions
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To scatter, or be scattered, in a messy way
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Lavish
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To cook for too long or at too high a temperature
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(archaic) To bring or put into a condition of privilege
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Become very involved in
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To pierce and make a hole or holes in
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Noun
Property acquired illegally, and typically violently
“Perhaps the most significant indication of the shifting economy of Latium, however, was the advent of land being acquired as a spoil of war.”
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Things that have been left as worthless
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A person who is easily deceived or harmed
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