spoliation

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From Latin spoliatio

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spoliation (plural spoliations)

  1. The act of plundering or spoiling; robbery; deprivation; despoliation.
    • 1852, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, ch. 1:
      In trickery, evasion, procrastination, spoliation, botheration, under false pretences of all sorts, there are influences that can never come to good.
  2. Robbery or plunder in times of war; especially, the authorized act or practice of plundering neutrals at sea.
  3. (law) The intentional destruction of or tampering with (a document) in such way as to impair evidentiary effect.

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