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pillage

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of pillage

  1. valuables stolen or taken by force the pirate ship was laden with the pillage of merchant ships from across the Spanish Main Synonyms of pillage booty, loot, plunder, spoil, swagWords Related to pillage prize; catch, haul, take, treasure; pilferage; windfall


pillage

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of pillage

  1. to search through with the intent of committing robbery soldiers pillaging the countryside for anything of value Synonyms of pillage despoil, loot, maraud, ransack, plunder, sackWords Related to pillage break in, burglarize, rip off, steal (from); comb, hunt, rake, rifle, rummage; harry, raid; ravish

Synonym Discussion of pillage

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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