An example of a pillage is a group of people who take over a village and steal all the food and supplies.
An example of pillage is holding a knife to someone's back and taking their money and jewelry.
Origin of pillage
- From Middle English booty from Old French from piller to take (by ruse), plunder, manhandle from Vulgar Latin pīliāre probably from Latin pilleus, pīleus felt cap (worn especially by freedmen) perhaps akin to Greek pilos felt
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition