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From spoil +‎ -er.


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spoiler (plural spoilers)

  1. One who spoils; a plunderer; a pillager; a robber; a despoiler.
  2. One who corrupts, mars, or renders useless.
  3. A document, review or comment that discloses the ending or some key surprise or twist in a story.
    Good netiquette dictates that one warn of spoilers before discussing them, so that readers who wish to do so may experience the surprises for themselves.
  4. (aeronautics) A device to reduce lift.
  5. (automotive) A device to reduce lift and increase downforce
  6. (US, chiefly politics, sports) An individual (or organisation etc.), unable to win themselves, who spoils the chances of another's victory.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 713:
      The optimism at the opening of the talks could not be dampened even by a few spoilers.
  7. (trading card games) A comprehensive list of objects and their characteristics.

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