spoliation

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noun spo·li·a·tion \ˌspō-lē-ˈā-shən\

Definition of spoliation

  1. 1a :  the act of plunderingb :  the state of having been plundered especially in war

  2. 2 :  the act of injuring especially beyond reclaim

Origin and Etymology of spoliation

Middle English, from Anglo-French spoliacion, Latin spoliation-, spoliatio, from spoliare to plunder — more at spoil


First Known Use: 15th century


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spoliation

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noun spo·li·a·tion \ˌspō-lē-ˈā-shən\

Legal Definition of spoliation

  1. 1 :  the destruction, alteration, or mutilation of evidence especially by a party for whom the evidence is damaging

  2. 2 :  alteration or mutilation of an instrument (as a will) by one who is not a party to the instrument



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