plundering


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plun·der

 (plŭn′dər)
v. plun·dered, plun·der·ing, plun·ders
v.tr.
1. To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; pillage: plunder a village.
2. To seize wrongfully or by force; steal: plundered the supplies.
v.intr.
To take booty; rob.
n.
1. The act or practice of plundering.
2. Property stolen by fraud or force; booty.

[German plündern, from Middle High German plundern, from Middle Low German plunder, household goods.]

plun′der·a·ble adj.
plun′der·er n.
plun′der·ous adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plundering - the act of stealing valuable things from a placeplundering - the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"
aggression, hostility - violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked
banditry - the practice of plundering in gangs
rapine, rape - the act of despoiling a country in warfare
looting, robbery - plundering during riots or in wartime
despoilation, despoilment, despoliation, spoilation, spoliation, spoil - the act of stripping and taking by force
ravaging, devastation - plundering with excessive damage and destruction
depredation, predation - an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
sack - the plundering of a place by an army or mob; usually involves destruction and slaughter; "the sack of Rome"
Adj.1.plundering - given to taking by force what is desired
acquisitive - eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas; "an acquisitive mind"; "an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied"
Translations

plundering

[ˈplʌndərɪŋ] Nsaqueo m

plundering

n (of place)Plünderung f, → Plündern nt; (of things)Raub m

plundering

[ˈplʌndrɪŋ]
1. adjsaccheggiatore/trice
2. nsaccheggio
References in classic literature ?
While the others were busily occupied in seeking to gratify their childish passion for finery, by plundering even the miserable effects of the scout, or had been searching with such bloodthirsty vengeance in their looks for their absent owner, Le Renard had stood at a little distance from the prisoners, with a demeanor so quiet and satisfied, as to betray that he had already effected the grand purpose of his treachery.
The Beef Trust has defied the railroads--it is plundering them day by day through the Private Car; and so the public is roused to fury, and the papers clamor for action, and the government goes on the war- path
Cathy had been caught in the fact of plundering, or, at least, hunting out the nests of the grouse.
The transition to the sport of window-breaking, and thence to the plundering of public-houses, was easy and natural.
To suffer the Jew to pay himself would be dishonest, for it would be cheating my master; and unreasonable, for it were the part of a fool; and unchristian, since it would be plundering a believer to enrich an infidel.
I mean that they will make us stop plundering them.
And being no stranger to the art of war, I gave him a description of cannons, culverins, muskets, carabines, pistols, bullets, powder, swords, bayonets, battles, sieges, retreats, attacks, undermines, countermines, bombardments, sea fights, ships sunk with a thousand men, twenty thousand killed on each side, dying groans, limbs flying in the air, smoke, noise, confusion, trampling to death under horses' feet, flight, pursuit, victory; fields strewed with carcases, left for food to dogs and wolves and birds of prey; plundering, stripping, ravishing, burning, and destroying.
Franz pondered the matter for a few moments, concluded that a man so rich could not have any intention of plundering him of what little he had, and seeing only the prospect of a good supper, accepted.
Although lately some spark may have been shown by one, which made us think he was ordained by God for our redemption, nevertheless it was afterwards seen, in the height of his career, that fortune rejected him; so that Italy, left as without life, waits for him who shall yet heal her wounds and put an end to the ravaging and plundering of Lombardy, to the swindling and taxing of the kingdom and of Tuscany, and cleanse those sores that for long have festered.
In raiding and plundering be like fire, is immovability like a mountain.
There was a much better prospect, they thought, of growing rich by plundering vessels which still sailed in the sea than by seeking for a ship that had lain beneath the waves full half a century.
Unless you do something speedily to put an end to this continual plundering, I must say farewell.