Definition of rapine in English:


Line breaks: ra¦pine
Pronunciation: /ˈrapʌɪn
, -pɪn/


[mass noun] literary
  • The violent seizure of someone’s property: the fruits of violence and rapine industrial rapine
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    • 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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