rapine


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rap·ine

 (răp′ĭn)
n.
Forcible seizure of another's property; plunder.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rapīna, from rapere, to seize; see rep- in Indo-European roots.]

rapine

(ˈræpaɪn)
n
the seizure of property by force; pillage
[C15: from Latin rapīna plundering, from rapere to snatch]

rap•ine

(ˈræp ɪn, -aɪn)

n.
the violent seizure and carrying off of another's property; plunder.
[1375–1425; < Latin rapīna robbery, pillage]

rapine

- Means "the act or practice of seizing and taking away by force the property of others."
See also related terms for seizing.

rapine

the act of pillage or plundering.
See also: Theft
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rapine - the act of despoiling a country in warfare
pillaging, plundering, pillage - the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"
Translations

rapine

[ˈræpaɪn] Nrapiña f

rapine

n (liter)Plünderung f
References in classic literature ?
and what if they be guilty of the same rapine and plunder the possessions of the majority, that will be as right as the other: but that all things of this sort are wrong and unjust is evident.
At his command havoc and rapine were let loose once more among the temples of the worship of Brahmah.
My master, continuing his discourse, said, "there was nothing that rendered the YAHOOS more odious, than their undistinguishing appetite to devour every thing that came in their way, whether herbs, roots, berries, the corrupted flesh of animals, or all mingled together: and it was peculiar in their temper, that they were fonder of what they could get by rapine or stealth, at a greater distance, than much better food provided for them at home.
Al-Hadji and his bands then repassed the Senegal, and reappeared in the Kaarta, continuing their rapine and murder.
uf,'' said the almost unearthly voice, ``on rebellion, on rapine, on murder
Government being unable to collect the taxes, and failing to maintain its authority, the hand of violence and rapine would remain uncontrolled.
They seemed in great poverty; which was no doubt natural, now that rapine was put down, and the chiefs kept no longer an open house; and the roads (even such a wandering, country by--track as the one I followed) were infested with beggars.
I hear the Holy Father Has sent a letter to the King of France Bidding him cross that shield of snow, the Alps, And make a peace in Italy, which will be Worse than a war of brothers, and more bloody Than civil rapine or intestine feuds.
Broken fences, crumbling walls, vineyards littered with stones, the shattered arches of bridges--look where you might, the signs of ruin and rapine met the eye.
Snodgrass, in whose bosom a blaze of poetry was rapidly bursting forth, 'to see the gallant defenders of their country drawn up in brilliant array before its peaceful citizens; their faces beaming--not with warlike ferocity, but with civilised gentleness; their eyes flashing --not with the rude fire of rapine or revenge, but with the soft light of humanity and intelligence.
May the same Almighty Goodness banish the accursed monster, war, from all lands, with her hated associates, rapine and insatiable ambition.
The old scaffolding of feudal jurisdictions remained standing; an immense aggregation of bailiwicks and seignories crossing each other all over the city, interfering with each other, entangled in one another, enmeshing each other, trespassing on each other; a useless thicket of watches, sub-watches and counter-watches, over which, with armed force, passed brigandage, rapine, and sedition.