looting


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Wikipedia.

loot

 (lo͞ot)
n.
1. Valuables pillaged in time of war; spoils.
2. Stolen goods or money.
3. Informal Things of value, such as gifts, received.
4. Slang Money.
v. loot·ed, loot·ing, loots
v.tr.
1. To take goods from (a place) by force or without right, especially in time of war or lawlessness; plunder: The rebels looted the city. Rioters looted the downtown stores.
2. To take by force or without right; steal: broke into the tomb and looted the grave goods.
v.intr.
To take goods by force or through lawless behavior.

[Hindi lūṭ, from Sanskrit loptram, lotram, plunder; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

loot′er n.

looting

(ˈluːtɪŋ)
n
stealing from shops or houses during a war or riot
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.looting - plundering during riots or in wartimelooting - plundering during riots or in wartime
pillaging, plundering, pillage - the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"
Translations

looting

[ˈluːtɪŋ] Nsaqueo m

looting

[ˈluːtɪŋ] npillage m
lop off
[ˌlɒpˈɒf] vt sepcouper, trancher

looting

[ˈluːtɪŋ] nsaccheggio
References in classic literature ?
The boy who had knocked him on the head with the paddle, tied his legs securely and tossed him out on the beach ere he forgot him in the excitement of looting the Arangi.
The torch, Shandy, from tower to scullery, but in the service of My Lady, no looting.
In reality Lavrushka, having got drunk the day before and left his master dinnerless, had been whipped and sent to the village in quest of chickens, where he engaged in looting till the French took him prisoner.
My ineptitude made me the butt of the looting, cursing, swash-buckling lot who formed the very irregular squadron which we joined; and it would have gone hard with me but for Raffles, who was soon the darling devil of them all, but never more loyally my friend.
There could be little justice here for John Carter, or his son, or for the great Thark who had commanded the savage tribesmen who overran Zodanga's broad avenues, looting, burning, and murdering.
It is worth mentioning here that said milk shop was looted three times in the past but accused allegedly involved in looting money were not arrested so far while in this Ramzan, robbers also looted a bakery located in the same area and had assassinated owner of shop Mehboob Ellahi on showing resistance.
The WFP office in Wau only recorded a looting incident that occurred on 30 September this year in Bazia, whereby our two food trucks coming from Juba to Wunrock come under attack from an unknown armed group", disclosed a WFP official.
London, SANA- Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova said on Thursday that the deliberate looting, destruction of the Syrian and Iraq historical sites have reached unprecedented levels in the contemporary history.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Five men from Bataan province have been charged this week with looting an underwater shipwreck which the Subic diving community considers a historical treasure.
It is aimed at protecting public and private property and criminalizes looting under military and emergency states, natural disaster, mass disorders.
The Jobar Synagogue in Damascus has survived 2,000 years, but in the last two it has fallen prey to looting, burning, and shelling that has seriously damaged the edifice.
The results of this looting include disfigured architectural monuments, vanished aesthetic objects, and an incalculable loss of information about the past.