- Pillage is the act of taking or stealing something by force.
An example of a pillage is a group of people who take over a village and steal all the food and supplies.
- Pillage is defined as to take something by force.
An example of pillage is holding a knife to someone's back and taking their money and jewelry.
- the act of plundering
- that which is plundered; booty; loot
Origin: Middle English pilage from Middle French from piller: see pill
- to deprive of money or property by violence; loot
- to take as booty or loot
- pillager noun
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verb pil·laged, pil·lag·ing, pil·lag·es verb, transitive
- To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; plunder.
- To take as spoils.
- The act of pillaging.
- Something pillaged; spoils.
Origin: From Middle English, booty, from Old French, from piller, to plunder, from peille, rag (probably from Latin pilleus, pīleus, felt cap) or from Vulgar Latin *pīliāre.
- pilˈlag·er noun