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valuables stolen or taken by force
  • the pirate ship was laden with the pillage of merchant ships from across the Spanish Main

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to search through with the intent of committing robbery
  • soldiers pillaging the countryside for anything of value

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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

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The first known use of pillage was in the 14th century

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“Pillage.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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