An example of to plunder is looting a business.
- to rob or despoil (a person or place) by force, esp. in warfare
- to take (property) by force or fraud
Origin of plunderGerman plündern from plunder, trash, baggage
- the act of plundering; pillage; robbery
- goods taken by force or fraud; loot; booty
- Dial. personal belongings or household furnishings
verbplun·dered, plun·der·ing, plun·ders
- To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; pillage: plunder a village.
- To seize wrongfully or by force; steal: plundered the supplies.
- The act or practice of plundering.
- Property stolen by fraud or force; booty.
Origin of plunderGerman plündern from Middle High German plundern from Middle Low German plunder household goods
(third-person singular simple present plunders, present participle plundering, simple past and past participle plundered)
- To pillage, take or destroy all the goods of, by force (as in war); to raid, sack.
- The mercenaries plundered the small town.
- The shopkeeper was plundered of his possessions by the burglar.
- To take (goods) by pillage.
- The mercenaries plundered all the goods they found.
- (intransitive) To take by force or wrongfully; to commit robbery or looting, to raid.
- "Now to plunder, mateys!" screamed a buccaneer, to cries of "Arrgh!" and "Aye!" all around.
- To make extensive (over)use of, as if by plundering; to use or use up wrongfully.
- The miners plundered the jungle for its diamonds till it became a muddy waste.
Recorded since 1632 (during the Thirty Years War, native British use since the Cromwellian Civil War), from Hutterisch plunderen (“to plunder, originally "to take away household furniture"") (Dutch plunderen) from plunder (“household goods, clothes; lumber, baggage"); akin to Middle Dutch plunder (“household goods"), West Frisian plunje and Dutch plunje (“clothes").