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v. spoiled or spoilt (spoilt), spoil·ing, spoils
1. To impair or destroy the value or quality of; ruin: spoiled the dish by adding too much salt; spoiled the party by getting into an argument.
2. To harm the character of (a child) by overindulgence or leniency. See Synonyms at pamper.
a. To plunder; despoil.
b. To take by force.
To become unfit for use or consumption, as from decay. Used especially of perishables, such as food. See Synonyms at decay.
a. Goods or property seized from a victim after a conflict, especially after a military victory.
b. Incidental benefits reaped by a winner, especially political patronage enjoyed by a successful party or candidate.
2. An object of plunder; prey.
3. Refuse material removed from an excavation.
4. Archaic The act of plundering; spoliation.
To be eager for: spoiling for a fight.
[Middle English spoilen, to plunder, from Old French espoillier, from Latin spoliāre, from spolium, booty.]
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|Adj.||1.||spoiled - having the character or disposition harmed by pampering or oversolicitous attention; "a spoiled child"|
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
|2.||spoiled - (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition; "bad meat"; "a refrigerator full of spoilt food"|
stale - lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age; "stale bread"; "the beer was stale"