Pillage meaning

pĭl'ĭj
To take spoils by force.
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To take as spoils.
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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.

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The act of pillaging.
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Something pillaged; spoils.
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The act of plundering.
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That which is plundered; booty; loot.
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To deprive of money or property by violence; loot.
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To take as booty or loot.
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To engage in plunder; take loot.
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(intransitive) To loot or plunder by force, especially in time of war.
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The spoils of war.
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The act of pillaging.
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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.

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To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; plunder.
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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
  • From Old French pillage, from piller (“plunder"), from an unattested meaning of Late Latin piliō, probably a figurative use of Latin pilō, from pilus (“hair").
    From Wiktionary