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Spoil, subst. 1) that which is taken from the enemy and carried home in triumph, the Latin spolia: “laden with honour's --s,” Tit. I, 36. “all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, --s,” Caes. III, 1, 149. thou doest shame that bloody s. (the lion's skin) John III, 1, 115. “is not this an honourable s.? a gallant prize?” H4A I, 1, 74.
2) booty: “having felt the sweetness of the s.” Ven. 553. “the s. got on the Antiates was ne'er distributed,” Cor. III, 3, 4. “we looked for no less s. than glory,” V, 6, 44. “a power of high-resolved men, bent to the s.” Tit. IV, 4, 64. Plur. --s: “I have loaden me with many --s,” H6A II, 1, 80. “our --s he kicked at,” Cor. II, 2, 128. “our --s we have brought home,” V, 6, 77.
3) the act of plundering or ransacking: “the enraged soldiers in their s.” H5 III, 3, 25. “heady murder, s. and villany,” H5 III, 3, 25 “defer the s. of the city until night,” H6B IV, 7, 142. “to live but by the s., by robbing of your friends,” IV, 8, 41. “his soldiers fell to s.” Caes. V, 3, 7.
4) ravage, destruction, havoc: “make time's --s despised everywhere,” Sonn. 100, 2. “the foil of this false jewel, and his amorous s.” Compl. 154. “fit for treasons, stratagems and --s,” Merch. V, 85. old age can do no “more s. upon my face,” H5 V, 2, 249. “death doth front thee with apparent s.” H6A IV, 2, 26. “yonder is the wolf that makes this s.” H6C V, 4, 80. “having bought love with such a bloody s.” R3 IV, 4, 290. “commit their cheeks to the s. of Phoebus' burning kisses,” Cor. II, 1, 233. “where he did run reeking o'er the lives of men, as if 'twere a perpetual s.” II, 2, 124. “here thy hunters stand, signed in thy s. and crimsoned in thy lethe,” Caes. III, 1, 206. Followed by of, objectively, == waste, corruption, perdition: who his (time's) “s. of beauty can forbid?” Sonn. 65, 12. “he fleshes his will in the s. of her honour,” All's IV, 3, 20. “villanous company hath been the s. of me,” H4A III, 3, 11. “to have the waste and s. of his revenues,” Lr. II, 1, 102 (Ff the expense and waste).
5) prey: leaving his s. (i. e. Lucrece) “perplexed in greater pain,” Lucr. 733. “set them down for sluttish --s of opportunity and daughters of the game,” Troil. IV, 5, 62.
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