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  • n. The act of plundering, despoiling, or snatching away.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of plundering, despoiling, or snatching away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plundering or ravaging; robbery.


Latin direptio, from diripere to tear asunder, plunder; di- + rapere to seize and carry off. (Wiktionary)


  • For we have not obeyed thy commandments, therefore we be betaken in to direption, captivity, death, fables, and into reproof and shame to all nations in which thou hast dispersed us.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 2

  • a shameful death, and cast their carcasses upon dunghills to be devoured and eaten up by dogs and swine, or otherwise fling them a little further off to the direption, tearing, and rending asunder of their joints and members by the wild beasts of the field (as unworthy to receive the gentle, the desired, the last kind embraces of the great Alma Mater, the earth, commonly called burial).

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel


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