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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 in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of pillage

Middle English pilage, from Anglo-French, from piler to rob, plunder


First Known Use: 14th century


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pillage

verb pil·lage

Definition of pillage

pillaged

pillaging

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

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to take booty

pillager

noun

Examples of pillage in a sentence

  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>.

PILLAGE Defined for English Language Learners


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pillage

verb pil·lage

Definition of pillage for English Language Learners

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


PILLAGE Defined for Kids

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pillage

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noun pil·lage \ˈpi-lij\

Definition of pillage for Students

  1. :  the act of robbing by force especially during a war


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pillage

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verb pil·lage

Definition of pillage for Students

pillaged

pillaging

  1. :  to rob by force especially during a war


Law Dictionary

pillage

verb pil·lage \ˈpi-lij\

Legal Definition of pillage

pillaged

pillaging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to loot or plunder especially in war
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to take booty

pillage

noun


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