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plunder

verb plun·der \ ˈplən-dər \
Updated on: 25 Apr 2018
plundered; plundering play \ˈplən-d(ə-)riŋ\
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
: to commit robbery or looting

plunderer

play \ˈplən-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of plunder in a Sentence

  1. The village was plundered by the invading army.

  2. Thieves had long ago plundered the tomb.

  3. The soldiers continued plundering for days.

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Origin and Etymology of plunder

German plündern

plunder Synonyms


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plunder

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

Examples of plunder in a Sentence

  1. the plunder of the village

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

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First Known Use of plunder

1643

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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plunder Synonyms

Synonyms

booty, loot, pillage, spoil, swag;

Related Words

prize;

catch, haul, take, treasure;

pilferage;

windfall;

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

PLUNDER Defined for English Language Learners

plunder

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


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


PLUNDER Defined for Kids

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plunder

verb plun·der \ ˈplən-dər \
plundered; plundering
: to rob or steal especially openly and by force (as during war)

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plunder

noun
: something stolen by force : loot


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