bespoil

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

Definition of bespoil

bespoiled

\bi-ˈspȯi(-ə)ld, -ˈspȯi(-ə)lt, bē-\ play ;

bespoiling

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bespoils

  1. 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 Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, 1865

  2. 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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First Known Use of bespoil

1773


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