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spoil·er

 (spoi′lər)
n.
1. One that spoils, especially:
a. A candidate for office whose chances of winning are slight but who may get enough votes to prevent one of the leading candidates from winning.
b. Sports A competitor that has no chance of winning or qualifying (as for a playoff) but defeats and thereby prevents another from doing so.
c. A published piece of information that divulges a surprise, such as a plot twist in a movie.
d. One who seizes spoils or booty: Odysseus, spoiler of cities.
2.
a. A long, narrow hinged plate on the upper surface of an airplane wing that reduces lift and increases drag when raised.
b. An air deflector mounted usually at the rear of an automobile to reduce lift at high speeds.

spoiler

(ˈspɔɪlə)
n
1. plunderer or robber
2. a person or thing that causes spoilage or corruption
3. (Aeronautics) a device fitted to an aircraft wing to increase drag and reduce lift. It is usually extended into the airflow to assist descent and banking. Compare air brake2
4. (Automotive Engineering) a similar device fitted to a car
5. (General Sporting Terms) sport a competitor who adopts spoiling tactics, as in boxing
6. (Journalism & Publishing) a magazine, newspaper, etc, produced specifically to coincide with the production of a rival magazine, newspaper, etc, in order to divert public interest and reduce its sales

spoil•er

(ˈspɔɪ lər)

n.
1. a person or thing that spoils.
2. a person who robs or ravages; plunderer.
3. a device used to break up the airflow around an aerodynamic surface, as an aircraft wing, to decrease lift and provide bank or descent control.
4. a similar device on an automobile, designed to reduce lift at high speeds.
5. any competitor or candidate who has no chance of ultimate victory but does well enough to spoil the chances of another.
[1525–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spoiler - a candidate with no chance of winning but who may draw enough votes to prevent one of the leading candidates from winning
campaigner, candidate, nominee - a politician who is running for public office
2.spoiler - someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)spoiler - someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
buccaneer, sea robber, sea rover, pirate - someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
stealer, thief - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it
3.spoiler - someone who pampers or spoils by excessive indulgencespoiler - someone who pampers or spoils by excessive indulgence
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
4.spoiler - an airfoil mounted on the rear of a car to reduce lift at high speeds
aerofoil, airfoil, control surface, surface - a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight
5.spoiler - a hinged airfoil on the upper surface of an aircraft wing that is raised to reduce lift and increase drag
aerofoil, airfoil, control surface, surface - a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight
Translations
ilonpilaajaspoileri
déflecteurréducteur de portance
figyelemelterelõlégterelõspoiler

spoiler

[ˈspɔɪləʳ] N
1. (Aut, Aer) → alerón m, spoiler m
2. (Press) a rival paper brought out a spoilerun periódico rival publicó otra exclusiva para quitarles parte de las ventas
3. (= person etc) → aguafiestas mf inv

spoiler

n
(Aut, Aviat) → Spoiler m
(= person)Spielverderber(in) m(f)
; (Press) Publikation, die zur gleichen Zeit wie ein Konkurrenzprodukt erscheint

spoiler

[ˈspɔɪləʳ] n (Aut, Aer) → spoiler m inv
References in classic literature ?
My mother was dead, but we had still duties which we ought to perform; we must continue our course with the rest and learn to think ourselves fortunate whilst one remains whom the spoiler has not seized.
Yet man can mar such works with his rude taste, Like some sad spoiler of a virgin’s fame.
The red fires died slowly down, within the Castle, and presently the shell grew nearly black outside; the angry glare that shone out through the broken arches and innumerable sashless windows, now, reproduced the aspect which the Castle must have borne in the old time when the French spoilers saw the monster bonfire which they had made there fading and spoiling toward extinction.
Their offers, of course, were accepted; the calumet of peace was produced, and the two forlorn powers smoked eternal friendship between themselves, and vengeance upon their common spoilers, the Crows.
On all the French marches are droves of outcasts, reivers, spoilers, and draw-latches, of whom I judge that these are some, though I marvel that they should dare to come so nigh to the castle of the seneschal.
said the Jew, ``on every hand the spoilers arise against me I am given as a prey unto the Assyrian, and a prey unto him of Egypt.
Here's to a spoiler free internet until you can see the film.
When National Public Radio's (NPR's) TV critic Eric Deggans was chastised for including a spoiler in his work (see Figure 1), Twitter followers jumped to his defense by humorously reinforcing his claim that the spoiler statute of limitations was up.
PowerPac's STC allows for spoiler deployment and retraction in icing conditions, while Precise Flight's SpeedBrakes aren't approved for use in visible ice.
Then I tapped on the Twitter bird and the first thing I read was a Game of Thrones spoiler from a wise-ass wailing about what happened in the season 5 finale.
With more TV fans using DVR or mobile devices to time-shift their viewing, many run the risk of seeing a dreaded spoiler on social media.