from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; plunder.
- transitive v. To take as spoils.
- intransitive v. To take spoils by force.
- n. The act of pillaging.
- n. Something pillaged; spoils.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To loot or plunder by force, especially in time of war.
- n. The spoils of war.
- n. The act of pillaging.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of pillaging; robbery.
- n. That which is taken from another or others by open force, particularly and chiefly from enemies in war; plunder; spoil; booty.
- intransitive v. To strip of money or goods by open violence; to plunder; to spoil; to lay waste.
- intransitive v. To take spoil; to plunder; to ravage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of plundering.
- n. Plunder; spoil; that which is taken from another by open force, particularly and chiefly from enemies in war.
- n. Synonyms Pillage, Plunder, Booty, Spoil, Prey. These words denote that which is violently got or carried off; all except prey suggest a considerable amount seized. Pillage also denotes the act; the others only the thing or things taken. Pillage and spoil especially suggest the great loss to the owners, completely stripping or despoiling them of their property; plunder suggests the quantity and value of that which is taken: as, loaded with plunder; booty is primarily the spoils of war, but also of a raid or combined action, as of pirates, brigands, or burglars; spoil is the only one of these words that is used in the plural, except, rarely, prey. Prey now seems figurative or archaic when not applied to the objects of pursuit by animals: as, the mouse falls a ready prey to both beasts and birds; hence, when applied to that which is pursued or taken by man, it expresses condemnation of the act.
- To strip of money or goods by open violence; plunder; despoil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. goods or money obtained illegally
- n. the act of stealing valuable things from a place
- v. steal goods; take as spoils
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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"). (Wiktionary)