bespoil

transitive verb be·spoil \ bi-ˈspȯi(-ə)l , bē- \

Definition of bespoil

bespoiled play \bi-ˈspȯi(-ə)ld, -ˈspȯi(-ə)lt, bē-\; bespoiling; bespoils
1 : to strip or deprive (someone) of something : despoil + of
  • … he had looked upon him in the light of a mere robber, and, as such, would have bespoiled him of his ill-gotten gain, but for the judicious interference of his comrade, brother, and partner.
  • —Charles DickensOur Mutual Friend1865
2 : to mar or ruin (something) : spoil
  • … but to the people of the Gulf Coast, it's just another reason to mistrust the company that bespoiled their shores.
  • Mobile Register (Alabama)22 July 2010

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1773

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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