spo·​li·​a·​tion | \ ˌspō-lē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce spoliation (audio) \

Definition of spoliation

1a : the act of plundering
b : the state of having been plundered especially in war
2 : the act of injuring especially beyond reclaim

First Known Use of spoliation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spoliation

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

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The first known use of spoliation was in the 15th century

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Legal Definition of spoliation

1 : the destruction, alteration, or mutilation of evidence especially by a party for whom the evidence is damaging
2 : alteration or mutilation of an instrument (as a will) by one who is not a party to the instrument

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