Adjective "Spoiled" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Diminish or destroy the value or quality of.
  1. 'a series of political blunders spoilt their chances of being re-elected'
  2. 'I don't know, but it's certainly odd - not that it spoils the fun in any way.'
  3. 'It's hardly a story you can spoil, I don't think, anyway.'
  4. 'I can't really talk about it without spoiling it, but the Big Suprise Twist Ending is idiotic and cliched and I'm almost tempted to spoil it just on principle.'
  5. 'I'd tell you the lines, but then it would just end up spoiling the fun for you.'
  6. 'To actually meet him would probably have spoiled it though.'
  7. 'These two things have rather spoilt the film for me, and if anyone else has seen it, I'd be interested in their thoughts.'
  8. 'Unfortunately to tell more would be to give things away I do not wish to spoil for you.'
  9. 'To describe any further than this is to spoil the fun.'
  10. 'It would spoil the mood you've created with the show.'
  11. 'I don't want to spoil the fun, but trust me, you should get a laugh out of this film.'
  12. 'To say too much would be to spoil the occasion, but there are twists, turns and horrific blood curdling scenes of carnage.'
  13. 'Theater owners like to throw up their hands and blame the shortcomings of the patrons and films, but they're not acknowledging their role in spoiling a once-magical experience.'
  14. 'Finally, at half past seven the guests agreed it was a pity to spoil a good dinner and seated themselves to a delicious meal.'
  15. 'I have been at enough shows spoiled by drunken fools trying to steal the spotlight for 5 minutes of fame, but the volunteers were well-behaved, funny, and added to the momentum of the show.'
  16. 'Even during the now-pivotal 2000 election, when Rage was so tight their voice actually could have made a difference, the band spoiled their ballot.'
  17. 'Sometimes there are crops that won't grow, grain that spoils, or a piece of machinery turns out to be a lemon.'
  18. 'The slide started a couple years ago when grain being stored there spoiled.'
  19. 'Grapes consisted of an actual bunch hanging on a string; as it spoiled, individual grapes spatted on the floor.'
  20. 'Did you know that honey is the only food that won't spoil?'
Harm the character of (someone, especially a child) by being too lenient or indulgent.
  1. 'a spoilt child'
  2. 'Though she was born a rich and spoiled girl, she ends up relatively poor and meek.'
  3. 'She was sweet and sensitive, but also spoiled, and could be bold.'
  4. 'She spoiled her son all his life, and always believed that her family was better than Lindo's because they were richer.'
  5. 'The boys are the spoiled children of rich, influential families.'
  6. 'Simon Vincent plays the Birlings' alcoholic dandy of a son and perfectly exposes the irony present when a parent accuses their child of being spoilt.'
  7. 'Another reason I could write that book was being an only child for so long, and spoiled, I never have believed that there could be consequences to my actions.'
  8. 'Though he is faster to commit to Lola, he is selfish and spoiled.'
  9. 'She is beautiful, popular, spoiled, and having a great time spending her father's money.'
  10. 'Both husband and wife turn to Hunt for help, each implying that the other is mentally unbalanced, terrorizing or spoiling their only child, the five year old Alec.'
  11. 'The Children's Hour is about a spoiled brat at a boarding school who can't get her way and accuses two of the teachers of having a lesbian affair.'
  12. 'She tells Sancho that he can take his donkey with him when he becomes governor and spoil him.'
  13. 'In another two scenes at a local cabaret venue, he spoils us with a couple more songs.'
  14. 'Instead, old street associates of his mother spoilt him with gifts.'
  15. 'Years ago, before my wife passed away, my wife spoiled me.'
  16. 'Captain Auld considers Douglass to have been spoiled by life in the city.'
  17. 'She begs him to ride the swing first - it is the first time in her life that she gets the chance to spoil Paul - or any man, for that matter.'
Be extremely or aggressively eager for.
  1. 'But the drama was only just beginning and, as the Lords began debating the bill, it became obvious that they were spoiling for a fight.'
  2. 'Many of the girls who greeted Em warmly happened to date him at one time or another in their lives, and were spoiling for righteous retribution.'
  3. 'I didn't bother speaking because he was spoiling for a fight.'
  4. 'But you did not drive out the restless new spirit which is always spoiling for a fight.'
  5. 'As if publishers don't have enough to worry about, suddenly the man who oversees one of the greatest multimedia powers on earth is spoiling for a turf war.'
Rob (a person or a place) of goods or possessions by force or violence.


    Goods stolen or taken forcibly from a person or place.
    1. 'He goes along with Jan's revolutionary mumbo-jumbo but has no qualms about helping himself to the spoils of war.'
    2. 'In football, the spoils go to the team that wins on the field, not the team that uses lobbyists and extortion behind closed doors.'
    3. 'Locksley cheers the castle's demise, and tells his men to collect their spoils and bring them to the forest for equal division among the men.'
    4. 'He is able to reign in the outlaws when necessary, as when spoils are being split.'
    5. 'Having grown used to a privileged lifestyle, sleeping over at the palace and stuff, he liked it so much he wanted a share in the spoils.'
    6. 'It's important that I get a fair share of the spoils.'
    7. 'According to traditional practice, the spoils are carried along in the procession.'
    8. 'As a result he becomes entangled in the collusions and convolutions one would expect from Ripley, and is then coerced into an escalating crime scheme whose spoils he hopes to leave behind for his family.'
    9. 'Finding himself the victor he takes an injured Tracy as his spoil of war.'
    10. 'Needless to say, these two films shared the spoils, winning most of the major awards between them.'
    Waste material brought up during the course of an excavation or a dredging or mining operation.
    1. 'It also looks at how existing spoil heaps are being leveled and landscaped.'
    2. 'These tests have yielded two species well-suited for planting on mine spoils or along roadsides.'
    3. 'In addition, all the run-off of the spoil caused the river to silt up and make it useless for navigation.'
    4. 'Steeped in stress because a spoil heap left from strip-mining threatens to crash down on his home, he spends most of his time sitting on a bicycle seat atop a 40-foot flag pole.'
    5. 'Severe compaction sometimes occurs when the spoil or topsoil material is moved when too wet during the reclamation process.'

    More definitions

    1. to damage severely or harm (something), especially with reference to its excellence, value, usefulness, etc.: The water stain spoiled the painting. Drought spoiled the corn crop.

    2. to diminish or impair the quality of; affect detrimentally: Bad weather spoiled their vacation.

    3. to impair, damage, or harm the character or nature of (someone) by unwise treatment, excessive indulgence, etc.: to spoil a child by pampering him. 4

    More examples(as adjective)

    "publics can be spoiled by festivals."

    "children can be spoiled in attitudes."

    "meats can be spoiled."

    "ballots can be spoiled."

    "children can be spoiled."

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    (spoil)Middle English (in the sense ‘to plunder’): shortening of Old French espoille (noun), espoillier (verb), from Latin spoliare, from spolium ‘plunder, skin stripped from an animal’, or a shortening of despoil.


    be spoilt for choice