American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To search or examine thoroughly.
- v. To search carefully for plunder; pillage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To search thoroughly; seek carefully in all parts of; explore, point by point, for what is desired; overhaul in detail.
- To sack; pillage completely; strip by plundering.
- To obtain by ransacking or pillage; seize upon; carry off; ravish.
- To violate; deflower: as, “ransackt chastity,”
- To make penetrating search or inquisition; pry; rummage.
- n. Detailed search or inquisition; careful investigation.
- n. A ransacking; search for plunder; pillage; sack.
- v. transitive To loot or pillage. See also sack.
- v. transitive To make a vigorous and thorough search of (a place, person) with a view to stealing something, especially when leaving behind a state of disarray.
- v. archaic To examine carefully; to investigate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To search thoroughly; to search every place or part of.
- v. To plunder; to pillage completely.
- v. obsolete To violate; to ravish; to defiour.
- v. To make a thorough search.
- n. rare The act of ransacking, or state of being ransacked; pillage.
- v. steal goods; take as spoils
- v. search thoroughly
- From Middle English ransaken, from Old Norse rannsakka, from rann ("house") + saka ("search"); probably influenced by sack (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ransaken, from Old Norse rannsaka : rann, house + *saka, to search, seek; see sāg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is true, Hawley said, that TSA agents open the luggage of all selectees (the word "ransack" seems another case of the clerk editorializing).”
“I-9 audit, asking for records instead of what he described as a "ransack" of the business, which started at 8: 30 a.m.”
“Patrician vicissitudes run ransack with benign alignments of the brain.”
“They ransack everything from 1960s handclaps to 1950s-style twangs.”
“I said “back in the days of the stress tests,” that particular epoch, a time when the banks were tied and gagged and on their knees, and we, the American people, had an opportunity to ransack THEIR house.”
“Throw petrol over a policeman, shout for people to be killed, ransack shops, launch everything you can lift at the police = no problem. on January 12, 2009 at 6: 49 pm | Reply Jack Straw”
“I'm pretty sure this would impact this problem in a good way, cause if I was trying to ransack a 200 'tanker and I saw armed men keeping watch, I'll go elsewhere in my fishing boat and look for easier prey.”
“It is famously one of the most troubling poems in the Psalter, giving conniptions to theologians, who ransack the life of David for an enemy vile enough to deserve a song so hard to hear as God's inspired word.”
“To leap ahead, Andersen goes on to argue that all this toing and froing -- all this boring sameness -- stems from the democratization of distribution caused by the information revolution, which allows everyone you, me, Pottery Barn to ransack the past for previously inaccessible style and consume it like a fast-food cheeseburger, a sighing decline into nostalgia and cultural obesity.”
“But things get strange when one of his professors turns up to ransack his apartment and question him about a reproduction of an alien artifact known as the Star Stone.”
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