transitive verb
be·​spoil | \ bi-ˈspȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce bespoil (audio) , bē- \
bespoiled\ bi-​ˈspȯi(-​ə)ld How to pronounce bespoil (audio) , -​ˈspȯi(-​ə)lt , bē-​ \; bespoiling; bespoils

Definition of bespoil

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 : 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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bespoil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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