from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In ecclesiastical law, the property of a beneficed ecclesiastic which could not be legally disposed of by will at death.


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  • It is approximately 0.45 m high and 0.50 m wide and was probably reused as a spolium in one of the walls.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Macellum Report 4

  • Whereas the frame of this door or window in the east wall was richly decorated on the outside (see Odeion, July 10-13, 2006), both the lintel and posts inside Corridor 2 were completely rough, indicating that the doorway was reused as a spolium (recycled building element).

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Odeion Report 3

  • Non sic prata nouo uere decentia aestatis calidae despoliat uapor, 5 saeuit solstitio cum medius dies et noctes breuibus praecipitant rotis languescunt folio et lilia pallido: ut gratae capiti deficiunt comae et fulgor teneris qui radiat genis10 momento rapitur nullaque non dies formonsi spolium corporis abstulit. res est forma fugax: quis sapiens bono confidat fragili? dum licet, utere. tempus te tacitum subruit, horaque15 semper praeterita deterior subit.

    Fatal Beauty

  • Herculem duri celebrant labores: ille Centauros domuit superbos, abstulit saeuo spolium leoni, fixit et certis uolucres sagittis, poma cernenti rapuit draconi aureo laeuam grauior metallo,


  • (spoliantem) or the one who ordered or approved the act (spolium mandantem, ratihabentem), whereas the canon law permitted the entering of suit against any third person found in possession of the plaintiff's goods, whether such detention were in good faith or not.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery


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