spoliate, v. 1. plunder, rob, despoil, Archaic. spoil, pillage, Chiefly Scot. reive; ravage, harry, rape, maraud, depredate; ransack, sack, loot, gut, fleece, strip, rifle; raid, foray, forage, prey on or upon.
2. devastate, lay waste, desolate, wreak havoc upon; destroy, ruin, lay in ruins, blast, wreck; demolish, raze, level, obliterate, annihilate, extirpate.
spoliation, rt. 1. pillage, plunder, plundering, rapine, depredation, despoliation, despoilment, Obs. direption, raven; ravaging, pillaging, harrying, marauding, sacking, Rare, sackage; raid, foray, razzia, inroad; foraging, looting, ravishment, seizure, grab, rape.
2. devastation, ravage, waste, desolation, destruction, ruin, havoc, damage, wreckage; burning, razing, leveling, demolishing; desecration, defilement, outrage, violation, vandelism.
3. vandalizing, injuring, damaging, disabling, harming, marring; hurt, impairment, disablement.
4. defilement, debasement, vitiation; fouling, befouling, soiling, blackening, smearing, staining.
sponge, n. 1. Informal, parasite, Inf. sponger, scrounge or scrounger, Sl. mooch or moocher. See - sponger.
-v. 2. wipe, wipe off or up, rub, clean, clean off or up, wash or wash off, rinse or rinse off, swab, mop or mop up.
sponge out wipe out, efface, expunge, obliterate, blot out; erase, rub out, cancel, delete, cross out, scratch out, x out, black out, mark off, blue-pencil, Print, dele.
sponge up take up, pick up, soak up, sop up, absorb, take in, suck up or in, drink in.
sponge off or
on Informal, scrounge, Sl, mooch, Sl. bum or bum off, Yiddish, shnorren, borrow, cadge, Inf. four-flush; take advantage of, impose on or upon, parasitize, live off of, Inf. freeload.
sponger, n. Informal, parasite, Inf. sponge, scrounge or scrounger, Sl. mooch or moocher, Yiddish, schnor-rer, Inf. freeloader; borrower, cadger, Inf. four-flusher, Sl. bum, beggar, Inf. panhandler; leech, hanger-on, barnacle, bur, appendage; courtier, minion, follower, attendant, satellite; flunky, lackey, yes man, jackal, spaniel, bootlick, bootlicker, footlicker, lickspit, lickspittle; kowtower, Contemptuous. Uncle Tom, Sl. oreo, cringer, groveler, sniveler; sycophant, toady, toadeater, tufthunter, fawner, fawning flatterer, truckler; flatterer, wheedler, puffer, backslapper, timeserver, Inf. apple-polisher, Sl. brown-nose, Sl. brown-noser, Sl. brownie, Obs., Rare, blander, Archaic. pickthank.
spongy, adj. 1. light, lightweight; porous, holey, sievelike, loose, incompact; yielding, compressible, flexible, resilient, springy.
2. absorbent, absorbing, bibulous; soft, mushy, squashy, pulpy, pithy, Bot. fleshy; squishy, wet, damp, moist, oozy; plashy, marshy, boggish, boggy, quaggy, swampy.
sponsor, n. 1. patron, (of the arts) Maecenas, fi-nancer, angel, subsidizer; guarantor, warrantor, endorser, ensurer, co-signer; supporter, upholder, champion, advocate, promoter, advertiser, Inf. pusher; proponent, favorer, partisan, sympathizer, well-wisher.
2. godfather, godmother, godparent.
-v. 3. answer for, speak for; promise, assure, guarantee, warrant, attest to, vouch for; Inf. go to bat for, Inf. stick up for, take [s.o.'s] side or part, stand by, Inf. stick by; aid, support, back, finance, subsidize, uphold, maintain, sustain, endorse, smile upon; promote, further, advance, give a boost, forward, Inf. push for, advocate, recommend.