Synonyms for spoil

Synonyms for (noun) spoil

Synonyms: despoilation, despoilment, despoliation, spoil, spoilation, spoliation

Definition: the act of stripping and taking by force

Similar words: plundering, pillage, pillaging

Definition: the act of stealing valuable things from a place

Usage: the plundering of the Parthenon; his plundering of the great authors


Synonyms: spoil, spoilage, spoiling

Definition: the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it

Usage: her spoiling my dress was deliberate

Similar words: injury

Definition: an act that causes someone or something to receive physical damage


Synonyms: spoil

Definition: (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war)

Usage: to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy

Similar words: stolen property

Definition: property that has been stolen

Synonyms for (verb) spoil

Synonyms: corrupt, spoil

Definition: alter from the original

Similar words: modify

Definition: make less severe or harsh or extreme

Usage: please modify this letter to make it more polite; he modified his views on same-gender marriage


Synonyms: go bad, spoil

Definition: become unfit for consumption or use

Usage: the meat must be eaten before it spoils

Similar words: decay

Definition: undergo decay or decomposition

Usage: The body started to decay and needed to be cremated


Synonyms: deflower, impair, vitiate, mar, spoil

Definition: make imperfect

Usage: nothing marred her beauty

Similar words: damage

Definition: inflict damage upon

Usage: The snow damaged the roof; She damaged the car when she hit the tree


Synonyms: despoil, spoil, plunder, rape, violate

Definition: destroy and strip of its possession

Usage: The soldiers raped the beautiful country

Similar words: ruin, destroy

Definition: destroy completely; damage irreparably

Usage: You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!; The tears ruined her make-up


Synonyms: spoil, itch

Definition: have a strong desire or urge to do something

Usage: She is itching to start the project; He is spoiling for a fight

Similar words: desire, want

Definition: feel or have a desire for; want strongly

Usage: I want to go home now; I want my own room


Synonyms: flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, fumble, louse up, mess up, ball up, spoil, screw up, mishandle, muck up, muff, blow, bobble, bodge, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, bumble, bungle

Definition: make a mess of, destroy or ruin

Usage: I botched the dinner and we had to eat out; the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement

Similar words: fail, miscarry, go wrong

Definition: be unsuccessful

Usage: Where do today's public schools fail?; The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably


Synonyms: spoil, scotch, queer, thwart, bilk, baffle, foil, frustrate, cross

Definition: hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

Usage: What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge; foil your opponent

Similar words: forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent

Definition: keep from happening or arising; make impossible

Usage: My sense of tact forbids an honest answer; Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project


Synonyms: indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, featherbed, spoil, cosset, cocker, coddle, baby

Definition: treat with excessive indulgence

Usage: grandparents often pamper the children; Let's not mollycoddle our students!

Similar words: do by, treat, handle

Definition: interact in a certain way

Usage: Do right by her; Treat him with caution, please; Handle the press reporters gently