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verb plun·der \ˈplən-dər\

Simple Definition of plunder

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

Full Definition of plunder

plun·deredplun·der·ing play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 :  to make extensive use of as if by plundering :  use or use up wrongfully <plunder the land>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to commit robbery or looting

plun·der·er play \-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



noun plun·der

Simple Definition of plunder

  • : 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. 1 :  an act of plundering :  pillaging

  2. 2 :  something taken by force, theft, or fraud :  loot

  3. 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


Synonym Discussion of plunder

spoil, plunder, booty, prize, loot mean something taken from another by force or craft. spoil, more commonly spoils, applies to what belongs by right or custom to the victor in war or political contest <the spoils of political victory>. plunder applies to what is taken not only in war but in robbery, banditry, grafting, or swindling <a bootlegger's plunder>. booty implies plunder to be shared among confederates <thieves dividing up their booty>. prize applies to spoils captured on the high seas or territorial waters of the enemy <the wartime right of seizing prizes at sea>. loot applies especially to what is taken from victims of a catastrophe <picked through the ruins for loot>.

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