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Spoliation

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spoliation

1. The act of plundering; robbery; deprivation; despoliation. Legal spoliation, which will impoverish one part of the community in order to corrupt the remainder. (Sir G. C. Lewis)

2. Robbery or plunder in war; especially, the authorised act or practice of plundering neutrals at sea.

3. The act of an incumbent in taking the fruits of his benefice without right, but under a pretended title.

A process for possession of a church in a spiritual court.

4. Injury done to a document.

Origin: L. Spoliatio; cf. F. Spoliation. See Spoil.