plunder

verb
plun·​der | \ ˈplən-dər How to pronounce plunder (audio) \
plundered; plundering\ ˈplən-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce plunder (audio) \

Definition of plunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

plunder

noun

Definition of plunder (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Verb

plunderer \ ˈplən-​dər-​ər How to pronounce plunder (audio) \ noun

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Noun

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

Examples of plunder in a Sentence

Verb The village was plundered by the invading army. Thieves had long ago plundered the tomb. The soldiers continued plundering for days. Noun the plunder of the village All evidence suggested that the plunder of the tomb had happened long ago.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some businesses have tripled the price for oxygen, forcing many people to plunder their savings or sell belongings. Anchorage Daily News, 8 July 2021 His inconspicuousness gave license to publishers and authors to plunder his books and arguments without attribution. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 28 July 2021 Some businesses have tripled the price for oxygen, forcing many people to plunder their savings or sell belongings. Anchorage Daily News, 8 July 2021 Some businesses have tripled the price for oxygen, forcing many people to plunder their savings or sell belongings. Franklin Briceno, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 At Triple-A Round Rock, outfielder Leody Taveras may have turned a corner in his tutorial and first baseman/DH Curtis Terry continues to plunder pitching and raising eyebrows. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 15 June 2021 And if there are grounds to believe that the central government of Syria will plunder something, well, set up observers on the part of the International— Red Cross and— Red Crescent oversee everything. NBC News, 14 June 2021 The story of the Tulsa Massacre brings to mind others, large and small, with common themes of violence, plunder, and erasure. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 2 June 2021 Family members try to step in, to no avail, as the guardian proceeds to sell the woman’s home and plunder her assets. Mary Jacobs, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What was at stake in the Miller case, in other words, was much more than one man’s decades of plunder. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 What was at stake in the Miller case, in other words, was much more than one man’s decades of plunder. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 What was at stake in the Miller case, in other words, was much more than one man’s decades of plunder. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 What was at stake in the Miller case, in other words, was much more than one man’s decades of plunder. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 What was at stake in the Miller case, in other words, was much more than one man’s decades of plunder. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2021 What was at stake in the Miller case, in other words, was much more than one man’s decades of plunder. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Washington Post, 8 July 2021 That same year, museum directors universally agreed to review provenance gaps in their collections that might indicate Nazi plunder. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2021 Perhaps in light of similar accusations, some Jews and, subsequently, Christians, interpreted the text as a story about symbolic and not literal plunder. David Lincicum, The Conversation, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of plunder

Verb

1632, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plunder

Verb

German plündern

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“Plunder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plunder. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for plunder

plunder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of plunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

plunder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plunder (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
plun·​der | \ ˈplən-dər How to pronounce plunder (audio) \
plundered; plundering

Kids Definition of plunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

plunder

noun

Kids Definition of plunder (Entry 2 of 2)

: something stolen by force : loot

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