- 1Rob a (place) using violence, especially in wartime: the abbey was plundered and pillagedMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Steal (something) using violence, especially in wartime: artworks pillaged from churches and museumsMore example sentences
ransack, steal from, plunder, rob, raid, loot, rifle, sack; dispossess, strip, deprive, denude, devastate, lay waste, ravage, harry, maraud• literary despoil• archaic spoil, reave, rapesteal, pilfer, thieve, rob, take, snatch, purloin, loot, rifle, abscond with, carry off• informal walk off/away with, run away/off with, swipe, nab, rip off, lift, ‘liberate’, ‘borrow’, filch, snaffle, snitchAustralian • informal snavelWest Indian • informal tief• archaic crib, hook, reave
- 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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- The action of pillaging a place or property, especially in war: rebellious peasants intent on pillageMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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.
late Middle English (as a noun): from Old French, from piller 'to plunder'.