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 for spoliation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Legal spoliation, which will impoverish one part of
              the community in order to corrupt the remainder.
                                                    --Sir G. C.
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     2. Robbery or plunder in war; especially, the authorized act
        or practice of plundering neutrals at sea.
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     3. (Eccl. Law)
        (a) The act of an incumbent in taking the fruits of his
            benefice without right, but under a pretended title.
        (b) A process for possession of a church in a spiritual
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     4. (Law) Injury done to a document.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: (law) the intentional destruction of a document or an
           alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence
      2: the act of stripping and taking by force [syn: spoil,
         spoliation, spoilation, despoilation, despoilment,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  85 Moby Thesaurus words for "spoliation":
     banditry, bereavement, bloodbath, blue ruin, breakup, brigandage,
     brigandism, carnage, consumption, cost, damage, damnation,
     dead loss, debit, decimation, denial, denudation, depredation,
     deprivation, desolation, despoiling, despoilment, despoliation,
     destruction, detriment, devastation, direption, disintegration,
     disorganization, dispossession, disruption, dissolution,
     divestment, expense, foraging, foray, forfeit, forfeiture,
     freebooting, havoc, hecatomb, holocaust, injury, looting, loser,
     losing, losing streak, loss, marauding, perdition, pillage,
     pillaging, plunder, plundering, privation, raid, raiding,
     ransacking, rape, rapine, ravage, ravagement, ravaging, ravishment,
     razzia, reiving, rifling, robbery, ruin, ruination, sack, sacking,
     sacrifice, shambles, slaughter, spoiling, stripping, taking away,
     total loss, undoing, vandalism, waste, wrack, wrack and ruin,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SPOLIATION, Eng. eccl. law. The name of a suit sued out in the spiritual 
  court to recover for the fruits of the church, or for the church itself. F. 
  N. B. 85. 
       2. It is also a waste of church property by an ecclesiastical person. 3 
  Bl. Com. 90. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SPOLIATION, torts. Destruction of a thing by the act of a stranger; as, the 
  erasure or alteration of a writing by the act of a stranger, is called 
  spoliation. This has not the effect to destroy its character or legal 
  effect. 1 Greenl. Ev. Sec. 566. 2. By spoliation is also understood the 
  total destruction of a thing; as, the spoliation of papers, by the captured 
  party, is generally regarded as proof of. guilt, but in America it is open 
  to explanation, except in certain cases where there is a vehement 
  presumption of bad faith. 2 Wheat. 227, 241; 1 Dods. Adm. 480, 486. See 

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