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rapine Syllabification: rap·ine
Pronunciation: /ˈrapən/

Definition of rapine in English:


The violent seizure of someone’s property.
Example sentences
  • Plunder and rapine made her rich, and her oppression of millions made her great.
  • Plunder and rapine were a way of life and no man trusted his brother.
  • Three weeks of rapine, slaughter and plunder were sufficient to anger the king and the emperor, who entered into negotiations with each other.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin rapina, from rapere 'seize'.

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