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1. The act of despoiling or plundering.
2. Law Unauthorized alteration or destruction of a legal document, such as a contract or will.
[Middle English spoliacioun, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin spoliātiō, spoliātiōn-, from spoliātus, past participle of spoliāre, to despoil; see spoil.]
1. the act or an instance of despoiling or plundering
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the authorized seizure or plundering of neutral vessels on the seas by a belligerent state in time of war
3. (Law) law the material alteration of a document so as to render it invalid
4. (Law) 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]
Church Law. the taking of property by an incumbent upon resignation or any other departure. See also ships; theft; war.See also: Church
the process of robbing or plundering, especially in time of war and on a large scale. See also church; ships.See also: Theft, War
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|Noun||1.||spoliation - (law) the intentional destruction of a document or an alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence|
destruction, devastation - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
|2.||spoliation - the act of stripping and taking by force|