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v. spoiled or spoilt, spoil•ing, v.t.
- bilk - A term originally used in cribbage, meaning "spoil one's opponent's score."
- corrupt - Comes from Latin corrumpere, "destroy completely," and first meant "to destroy or spoil the flesh, fruit, or organic matter by dissolution or decomposition."
- infect - From Latin inficere, "put in" or "dip in," which came to mean "stain, taint, spoil."
- vitiate - "To make imperfect; spoil."
destroy spoil ruin
If you destroy something, you cause so much damage to it that it can no longer be used or it no longer exists.
If someone or something prevents an experience from being enjoyable, don't say that they 'destroy' the experience. You say that they spoil it or ruin it.
Past participle: spoiled/spoilt
|Noun||1.||spoil - (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war); "to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"|
stolen property - property that has been stolen
|2.||spoil - the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it; "her spoiling my dress was deliberate"|
injury - an act that causes someone or something to receive physical damage
|3.||spoil - the act of stripping and taking by force|
|Verb||1.||spoil - make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"|
bobble, bodge, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, ball up, muff, screw up, fumble, blow
|2.||spoil - become unfit for consumption or use; "the meat must be eaten before it spoils"|
addle - become rotten; "addled eggs"
curdle - go bad or sour; "The milk curdled"
decay - undergo decay or decomposition; "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"
|3.||spoil - alter from the original|
modify - make less severe or harsh or extreme; "please modify this letter to make it more polite"; "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"
|4.||spoil - treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"|
|5.||spoil - hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"|
disappoint, let down - fail to meet the hopes or expectations of; "Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"
foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, forbid - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"
dash - destroy or break; "dashed ambitions and hopes"
short-circuit - hamper the progress of; impede; "short-circuit warm feelings"
ruin - destroy or cause to fail; "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"
|6.||spoil - have a strong desire or urge to do something; "She is itching to start the project"; "He is spoiling for a fight"|
|7.||spoil - destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"|
|8.||spoil - make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"|
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"
defile, sully, taint, corrupt, cloud - place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
ruin save, preserve, conserve, keep, improve, enhance, augment
overindulge deprive, be strict with, treat harshly, ignore, pay no attention to
spoil[spɔɪl] (spoiled or spoilt (vb: pt, pp))
the coast has been spoiled by development → la costa ha sido arruinada por las urbanizaciones
it spoiled our holiday → nos estropeó las vacaciones
and there were 20 spoiled papers → y hubo 20 votos nulos
it will spoil your appetite → te quitará el apetito
to spoil sb's fun → aguar la fiesta a algn
to get spoiled → echarse a perder, estropearse
spoil[ˈspɔɪl] [spoilt] (pt, pp) (British) [spoiled] (pt, pp)
to spoil one's appetite → se couper l'appétit
to spoil o.s. → se faire plaisir
to be spoilt for choice (British) to be spoiled for choice → avoir l'embarras du choix
spoilvb: pret, ptp <spoilt (Brit) or spoiled>
spoil[spɔɪl] (spoiled or spoilt (pt, pp))
don't spoil our fun → non fare il guastafeste
to spoil one's appetite → guastarsi l'appetito