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pillage

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noun pil·lage \ˈpi-lij\

Definition of pillage

  1. 1 :  the act of looting or plundering especially in war

  2. 2 :  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

Rhymes with pillage


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pillage

verb pil·lage

Simple Definition of pillage

  • : 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

pil·lagedpil·lag·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to plunder ruthlessly :  loot

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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



Circa 1593

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>.


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