noun pil·lage \ˈpi-lij\

Definition of PILLAGE

:  the act of looting or plundering especially in war
:  something taken as booty

Examples of PILLAGE

  1. <the pirate ship was laden with the pillage of merchant ships from across the Spanish Main>

Origin of PILLAGE

Middle English pilage, from Anglo-French, from piler to rob, plunder
First Known Use: 14th century

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: to take things from (a place, such as a city or town) by force especially during a war : to loot or plunder (a place)


Full Definition of PILLAGE

transitive verb
:  to plunder ruthlessly :  loot
intransitive verb
:  to take booty
pil·lag·er noun

Examples of PILLAGE

  1. The enemy pillaged the town.
  2. The town was pillaged and burned.
  3. barbarians known for looting and pillaging

First Known Use of PILLAGE

circa 1593

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