Definition of Spoiler

1. Noun. A candidate with no chance of winning but who may draw enough votes to prevent one of the leading candidates from winning.

Generic synonyms: Campaigner, Candidate, Nominee

2. Noun. Someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war).
Exact synonyms: Despoiler, Freebooter, Looter, Pillager, Plunderer, Raider
Category relationships: War, Warfare
Specialized synonyms: Buccaneer, Pirate, Sea Robber, Sea Rover
Generic synonyms: Stealer, Thief
Derivative terms: Despoil, Loot, Pillage, Plunder, Plunder, Raid

3. Noun. Someone who pampers or spoils by excessive indulgence.
Exact synonyms: Coddler, Mollycoddler, Pamperer
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Derivative terms: Coddle, Mollycoddle, Pamper, Spoil

4. Noun. An airfoil mounted on the rear of a car to reduce lift at high speeds.

5. Noun. A hinged airfoil on the upper surface of an aircraft wing that is raised to reduce lift and increase drag.

Definition of Spoiler

1. n. One who spoils; a plunderer; a pillager; a robber; a despoiler.

Definition of Spoiler

1. Noun. One who spoils; a plunderer; a pillager; a robber; a despoiler. ¹

2. Noun. One who corrupts, mars, or renders useless. ¹

3. Noun. A document, review or comment that discloses the ending or some key surprise, or twist in a story. ¹

4. Noun. (context: aeronautics) A device to reduce lift. ¹

5. Noun. (context: automobiles) A device to reduce lift and increase downforce ¹

6. Noun. (US chiefly politics sports) An individual (or organisation etc.), unable to win themselves, who spoils the chances of another's victory. ¹

7. Noun. (context: trading card games) A comprehensive list of objects and their characteristics. ¹

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Definition of Spoiler

1. one that spoils [n -S] - See also: spoils

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spoiler

spoil five
spoil heap
spoil the ship for a hap'orth of tar
spoiled brat
spoiled brats
spoiler (current term)
spoiler effect
spoiler effects
spoiler space
spoils of war
spoils system

Literary usage of Spoiler

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1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"... and the skull Was cleft within the helm; headlong to earth He dropt, and o'er him came the spoiler Death. ..."

2. The Story of Norway by Hjalmar H[jorth] Boyesen (1886)
"when the song of Eyvind Scald-spoiler, praising his former lord, ... Eyvind Scald-spoiler in a noble verse refused to be King Harold's court poet, ..."

3. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1909)
"... tras in its spring And thy young muse just shook her joyous The spoiler came ; and all thy promise fair Has sought the grave, to sleep for ever there. ..."

4. The Seasons by James Thomson (1793)
"... That cruel spoiler, that embosom'd foe, Imbitter'd all our bliss. Ye good distrest! Ye noble few! who here unbending stand Beneath life's pressure, ..."

5. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"But, thanks to Heaven and good Saint Chad, A guerdon meet the spoiler had ! — There erst was martial Marmion found, His feet upon a couchant hound, ..."

6. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1853)
"... his happiness had been trodden down, scattered to the winds, without a thought for him; but he must now be called to the assistance of the spoiler ? ..."

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