Definition of spoilsman in English:



  • A person who supports or seeks to profit by the spoils system.

    • ‘In paying homage to his political spoilsman and teacher, he had only narrowly been spared a potentially disastrous appointment.’
    • ‘Clinton served seven terms as governor of New York, and, although he was never a political spoilsman in the sense that his nephew, DeWitt Clinton, was, he laid the basis for the Republican party in New York.’
    • ‘The State University is exposed to the rapacity of the party spoilsman.’
    • ‘Democracy must be salvaged from the hands of spoilsmen and politicians.’
    • ‘Cleveland dismissed these complaints as the howls of old Jacksonian spoilsmen and wild-eyed currency reformers, among whom he counted his vice president.’
    • ‘He introduced a tough moral fiber into a government grown flabby; he was fearless in pursuing what he believed to be right policy, offending the spoilsmen of the party when he refused to fire competent Republicans.’
    • ‘I have made the Commission a living force, and in consequence the outcry among the spoilsmen has become furious.’
    • ‘As a theoretical civil service reformer Mr. Lodge left nothing to be desired; as a practical spoilsman he had few equals.’
    • ‘He was a follower of Jackson, and a spoilsman.’
    • ‘But the sudden successes of the party in the State elections of 1841 revived the hopes of the old spoilsmen, and flattered them with the hope of again succeeding.’
    • ‘Although American political parties are never celebrated for having sharp differences of principle, the great age of the spoilsmen was notable for elevating crass hunger for office to a common credo.’
    • ‘The image reinforces the notion of them as twin spoilsmen, nourishing themselves on government largesse.’
    • ‘Far from being cynical spoilsmen or naive incompetents, individuals whose presidencies provide studies in ineptitude, Garfield and Arthur emerge as men of considerable ability.’
    • ‘Punning on the political spoilsman, he produced three volumes of war correspondence from the viewpoint of a tipsy literary bohemian among the common soldiers.’
    • ‘In excluding spoilsmen from public office, the reformers were, in a sense, engaged in a negative work: that of ‘keeping the rascals out.’’
    • ‘He is remembered as the political spoilsman who surprised his country with an honest administration.’
    • ‘The Republican spoilsmen had long been hostile to him.’