Definition of Pillage

1. Noun. Goods or money obtained illegally.

Exact synonyms: Booty, Dirty Money, Loot, Plunder, Prize, Swag
Generic synonyms: Stolen Property
Terms within: Cut
Derivative terms: Loot, Plunder, Plunder, Plunder

2. Verb. Steal goods; take as spoils. "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"
Exact synonyms: Despoil, Foray, Loot, Plunder, Ransack, Reave, Rifle, Strip
Generic synonyms: Take
Specialized synonyms: Deplume, Displume
Derivative terms: Despoiler, Despoilment, Despoliation, Loot, Looter, Looting, Pillager, Pillaging, Plunder, Plunderer, Plundering

3. Noun. The act of stealing valuable things from a place. "His plundering of the great authors"

Definition of Pillage

1. n. The act of pillaging; robbery.

2. v. i. To strip of money or goods by open violence; to plunder; to spoil; to lay waste; as, to pillage the camp of an enemy.

3. v. i. To take spoil; to plunder; to ravage.

Definition of Pillage

1. Verb. (ambitransitive) To loot or plunder by force, especially in time of war. ¹

2. Noun. The spoils of war. ¹

3. Noun. The act of pillaging. ¹

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Definition of Pillage

1. to plunder [v -LAGED, -LAGING, -LAGES] - See also: plunder

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pillage

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pill bugs
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pill mills
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Literary usage of Pillage

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A History of the Italian Republics: Being a View of the Rise, Progress, and by Jean-Charles-Léonard Simonde Sismondi (1847)
"He took the road of southern Italy, and entered Tuscany, still uncertain whether he should pillage Florence or Rome. The marquis of Saluzzo, ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1902)
"... the troops of the frontier and e palace were repeatedly overthrown ; the edicts of perse- ition were answered by the pillage of Nice and Nicomedia, ..."

3. History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth by James Anthony Froude (1862)
"The generous defiance in the cause of the Catholic faith was followed by pillage and murder, the usual accompaniments of Irish insurrection, ..."

4. A Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis: Containing a Detail of the by Patrick Colquhoun (1797)
"Plunder, and pillage ... embezzlements, pillage, and plunder, known and acknowledged to ... pillage ..."

5. Strikers, Communists, Tramps and Detectives by Allan Pinkerton (1878)
"sank upon the ground, nearly famished, and utterly exhausted, where they slept the rest of the day and away into the night. CHAPTER XXII. RIOT AND pillage ..."

6. Diaries and Correspondence of James Harris, First Earl of Malmesbury by James Harris Malmesbury (1844)
"pillage and Patronage—pillage by conquest, patronage at home. Lord Grenville hates him, and rice versa. Lord Grenville seems to have made up his mind to ..."

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