Definition of pillage in English:
- During the first two nights of pillaging the Capital City, over half a million people were killed.
- Tottenham Court Road was pillaged by a mob of sixty hardcore anarchists.
- European countries raped and pillaged the continent, destroying the social fabric and leaving a metaphorical smoking hole behind.
- Our people have had to submit to its wishes every year to keep it from setting fire to our lands, stealing my people, pillaging their houses as well as a list of other horrible things.
- I deplore the way that the US goes into countries and pillages them, stealing their assets.
- The problem is that if the pirates carry on pillaging the fish, they will put themselves, and the rest of the world's legitimate tuna boats, out of business.
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- Leaving ‘the whole subject’ to local commanders nevertheless permitted considerable latitude for pillage or destruction and was in itself an important principle.
- Well prior to the outbreak of the current war, they warned the Pentagon of the dangers to Iraq's cultural heritage posed by postwar pillage and destruction.
- During the 1846 U.S. invasion of Mexico, newspapers reported pillage, rape, and murder of civilians by Gen. Zachary Taylor's soldiers.
late Middle English (as a noun): from Old French, from piller 'to plunder'.
caterpillar from (Late Middle English):
The caterpillar first appeared in English in the form catyrpel, probably an alteration of the Old French word chatepelose, literally ‘hairy cat’. English used to have a word piller, meaning ‘a plunderer or ravager’ (related to pillage) and, given the damage that caterpillars do to plants, it is likely that this influenced how the word is spelt.
- Example sentences
- We need not look for ‘proof’ by poring over the dusty records of the meticulous pillagers, marauders, and savvy tradesmen.
- In other lands however there are pillagers and marauders that keep me strong, but soon will come a time when slaughter shall cover these lands and I shall rise above the rest.
- In the ninth century, when Paris was invaded by the Norsemen, those great pillagers of tombs, her relics were taken for safety some fifteen miles away.
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