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plunder

verb plun·der \ ˈplən-dər \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of plunder

plundered; plundering play \ˈplən-d(ə-)riŋ\
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

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

Definition of plunder

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.

Recent Examples of plunder from the Web

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First Known Use of plunder

1643

plunder Synonyms

Synonyms
booty, pillage, loot, spoil, swag
Related Words
prize; catch, haul, take, treasure; pilferage; windfall
Near Antonyms
immovables, real estate

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

verb

Definition of plunder for English Language Learners

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


plunder

noun

Definition of plunder for English Language Learners

  • : 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 \

Definition of plunder for Students

plundered; plundering
: to rob or steal especially openly and by force (as during war)

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plunder

noun

Definition of plunder for Students

: something stolen by force : loot


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