Spoil (A range of applicable definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary)

Goods, esp. such as are valuable, taken from an enemy or captured city in time of war; the possessions of which a defeated enemy is deprived or stripped by the victor; in more general sense, any goods, property, territory, etc., seized by force, acquired by confiscation, or obtained by similar means; booty, loot, plunder.

To injure in respect of character, esp. by over-indulgence or undue lenience. Also, in weakened sense, to treat with excessive consideration or kindness.

To be spoiling for (a fight, etc.),

to long for, to desire ardently or earnestly.


One who pillages, plunders, or robs; a ravager, spoliator, despoiler.

A description of a significant plot point or other aspect of a movie, book, etc., which if previously known may spoil a person’s first experience of the work. Esp. in written contexts, warning the reader of an impending revelation of this type.

As educators we are spoilers – people who give away the plots of stories, but also people who plunder books and movies for ideas.  What we learn we consider

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