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 ?
Murder, theft, rapine! Passeth a day over England which sees not one or all perpetrated in the name of some of these?
``Think on thy sins, Reginald Front-de-B 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.
Let his tormentor, Conscience, find him out; For him I was not sent, nor yet to free That people, victor once, now vile and base, Deservedly made vassal--who, once just, Frugal, and mild, and temperate, conquered well, But govern ill the nations under yoke, Peeling their provinces, exhausted all By lust and rapine; first ambitious grown Of triumph, that insulting vanity; Then cruel, by their sports to blood inured Of fighting beasts, and men to beasts exposed; Luxurious by their wealth, and greedier still, And from the daily Scene effeminate.
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.
I know thee, Guy of Gisbourne, for who is there that hath not heard of thee and cursed thee for thy vile deeds of blood and rapine? Is it by such a hand as thine that the gentlest heart that ever beat is stilled in death?
Such Pleasure took the Serpent to behold This Flourie Plat, the sweet recess of EVE Thus earlie, thus alone; her Heav'nly forme Angelic, but more soft, and Feminine, Her graceful Innocence, her every Aire Of gesture or lest action overawd His Malice, and with rapine sweet bereav'd His fierceness of the fierce intent it brought: That space the Evil one abstracted stood From his own evil, and for the time remaind Stupidly good, of enmitie disarm'd, Of guile, of hate, of envie, of revenge; But the hot Hell that alwayes in him burnes, Though in mid Heav'n, soon ended his delight, And tortures him now more, the more he sees Of pleasure not for him ordain'd: then soon Fierce hate he recollects, and all his thoughts Of mischief, gratulating, thus excites.