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Meaning of PILLAGE

Pronunciation:  'pilij

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of Rome"; "his plundering of the great authors"
  2. [n]  goods or money obtained illegally
  3. [v]  steal goods; take as spoils; "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"

PILLAGE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: booty, despoil, foray, loot, loot, pillaging, plunder, plunder, plundering, prize, ransack, reave, rifle, strip, swag
 See Also: aggression, banditry, cut, deplume, depredation, despoilation, despoilment, despoliation, devastation, displume, hostility, looting, predation, rape, rapine, ravaging, robbery, spoil, spoilation, spoliation, stolen property, take



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pil"lage\, n. [F., fr. piller to plunder. See {Pill} to
    1. The act of pillaging; robbery. --Shak.
    2. That which is taken from another or others by open force,
       particularly and chiefly from enemies in war; plunder;
       spoil; booty.
             Which pillage they with merry march bring home.
    Syn: Plunder; rapine; spoil; depredation.
    Usage: {Pillage}, {Plunder}. Pillage refers particularly to
           the act of stripping the sufferers of their goods,
           while plunder refers to the removal of the things thus
           taken; but the words are freely interchanged.
  2. \Pil"lage\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pillaged}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Pillaging}.]
    To strip of money or goods by open violence; to plunder; to
    spoil; to lay waste; as, to pillage the camp of an enemy.
          Mummius . . . took, pillaged, and burnt their city.
  3. \Pil"lage\, v. i.
    To take spoil; to plunder; to ravage.
          They were suffered to pillage wherever they went.
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