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1pillage

noun pil·lage \ˈpi-lij\

Definition of PILLAGE

1
:  the act of looting or plundering especially in war
2
:  something taken as booty
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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

Related to PILLAGE

Rhymes with PILLAGE

2pillage

verb

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

pil·lagedpil·lag·ing

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

Synonym Discussion of PILLAGE

ravage, devastate, waste, sack, pillage, despoil mean to lay waste by plundering or destroying. ravage implies violent often cumulative depredation and destruction <a hurricane ravaged the coast>. devastate implies the complete ruin and desolation of a wide area <an earthquake devastated the city>. waste may imply producing the same result by a slow process rather than sudden and violent action <years of drought had wasted the area>. sack implies carrying off all valuable possessions from a place <barbarians sacked ancient Rome>. pillage implies ruthless plundering at will but without the completeness suggested by sack <settlements pillaged by Vikings>. despoil applies to looting or robbing without suggesting accompanying destruction <the Nazis despoiled the art museums>.
PILLAGER Defined for Kids

1pillage

noun pil·lage \ˈpi-lij\

Definition of PILLAGE for Kids

:  the act of robbing by force especially during a war

2pillage

verb
pil·lagedpil·lag·ing

Definition of PILLAGE for Kids

:  to rob by force especially during a war

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