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v. pil·laged, pil·lag·ing, pil·lag·es
1. To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; plunder.
2. To take as spoils.
To take spoils by force.
1. The act of pillaging.
2. Something pillaged; spoils.
[From Middle English, booty, from Old French, from piller, to take (by ruse), plunder, manhandle, from Vulgar Latin *pīliāre, perhaps originally meaning "to deprive (someone) of his felt cap" and derived from Latin pilleus, pīleus, felt cap (given to an ancient Roman freedman as a symbol of his emancipation); perhaps akin to Greek pīlos, felt.]
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to rob (a town, village, etc) of (booty or spoils), esp during a war
1. the act of pillaging
2. something obtained by pillaging; booty
[C14: via Old French from piller to despoil, probably from peille rag, from Latin pīleus felt cap]
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v. -laged, -lag•ing,
1. to strip ruthlessly of money or goods by open violence, as in war; plunder.
2. to take as booty.v.i.
3. to rob with open violence; take booty.n.
4. the act of plundering, esp. in war.
[1350–1400; Middle English pilage < Middle French pillage, derivative of piller to pillage, orig., to abuse, tear]
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1. the act of plundering or large scale robbery, usually accompanied by violence as in wartime.See also: Theft, War
2. plundered property; booty.
2. plundered property; booty.
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Past participle: pillaged
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|Noun||1.||pillage - goods or money obtained illegally |
stolen property - property that has been stolen
cut - a share of the profits; "everyone got a cut of the earnings"
|2.||pillage - the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"|
banditry - the practice of plundering in gangs
rapine - the act of despoiling a country in warfare
despoilation, despoilment, despoliation, spoilation, spoliation, spoil - the act of stripping and taking by force
sack - the plundering of a place by an army or mob; usually involves destruction and slaughter; "the sack of Rome"
|Verb||1.||pillage - steal goods; take as spoils; "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"|
take - take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
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