booty 1 of 2

as in loot
valuables stolen or taken by force no one knows where Captain Kidd hid his booty, but that hasn't deterred hopeful adventurers from looking for it for the last 300 years

Synonyms & Similar Words



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noun (2)

variants also bootie

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How does the noun booty differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of booty are loot, plunder, prize, spoils, and spoil. While all these words mean "something taken from another by force or craft," booty implies plunder to be shared among confederates.

thieves dividing up their booty

When would loot be a good substitute for booty?

While the synonyms loot and booty are close in meaning, loot applies especially to what is taken from victims of a catastrophe.

picked through the ruins for loot

When can plunder be used instead of booty?

While in some cases nearly identical to booty, plunder applies to what is taken not only in war but in robbery, banditry, grafting, or swindling.

a bootlegger's plunder

When is prize a more appropriate choice than booty?

The synonyms prize and booty are sometimes interchangeable, but prize applies to spoils captured on the high seas or territorial waters of the enemy.

the wartime right of seizing prizes at sea

How are the words spoil and spoils related as synonyms of booty?

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

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“Booty.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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