Spoliation Spo`li*a"tion (sp[=o]"l[i^]*[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. spoliatio: cf. F. spoliation. See {Spoil}, v. t.] 1. The act of plundering; robbery; deprivation; despoliation. [1913 Webster]

Legal spoliation, which will impoverish one part of the community in order to corrupt the remainder. --Sir G. C. Lewis. [1913 Webster]

2. Robbery or plunder in war; especially, the authorized act or practice of plundering neutrals at sea. [1913 Webster]

3. (Eccl. Law) (a) The act of an incumbent in taking the fruits of his benefice without right, but under a pretended title. --Blackstone. (b) A process for possession of a church in a spiritual court. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) Injury done to a document. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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