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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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the act of robbing a town, village, etc of booty or spoils, esp during a war
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|Noun||1.||pillaging - 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"
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pillaging[ˈpɪlɪdʒɪŋ] n → pillages mpl
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