plunder


1plun·der

verb \ˈplən-dər\

: to steal things from (a place, such as a city or town) especially by force

plun·deredplun·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of PLUNDER

transitive verb
1
a :  to take the goods of by force (as in war) :  pillage, sack <invaders plundered the town>
b :  to take by force or wrongfully :  steal, loot <plundered artifacts from the tomb>
2
:  to make extensive use of as if by plundering :  use or use up wrongfully <plunder the land>
intransitive verb
:  to commit robbery or looting
plun·der·er \-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of PLUNDER

  1. The village was plundered by the invading army.
  2. Thieves had long ago plundered the tomb.
  3. The soldiers continued plundering for days.

Origin of PLUNDER

German plündern
First Known Use: 1632

Rhymes with PLUNDER

2plunder

noun

: the act of stealing things from a place especially by force : the act of plundering something

: things that are stolen or taken by force especially during a war

Full Definition of PLUNDER

1
:  an act of plundering :  pillaging
2
:  something taken by force, theft, or fraud :  loot
3
chiefly dialect :  personal or household effects

Examples of PLUNDER

  1. the plunder of the village
  2. All evidence suggested that the plunder of the tomb had happened long ago.

First Known Use of PLUNDER

1643

Related to PLUNDER

Synonyms
booty, pillage, loot, spoil, swag
See Synonym Discussion at spoil

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