Definition of spoliate in English:



[with object]formal
  • Rob of something; plunder.

    ‘the slogan was purely a cover to spoliate ecclesiastical endowments’
    • ‘The problem with many of these cases is the evidence is spoliated at such an early date.’
    • ‘I do mind spoliating education by applying money less efficiently where it might be applied more efficiently.’
    • ‘To confiscate this property would be to spoliate the laity.’
    • ‘Bonaparte was spoliating the Pope.’
    • ‘The claimant has reason to believe that named family members had bank accounts spoliated in France during the war and not restored after the war.’
    pillage, loot, rob, raid, ransack, strip, fleece, ravage, lay waste, devastate, maraud, sack, rape
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Early 18th century: from Latin spoliat- ‘spoilt’, from the verb spoliare ‘strip, deprive’.