Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Forcible seizure of another's property; plunder.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The violent seizure and carrying off of property; open plunder by armed or superior force, as in war or by invasion or raid.
  • noun Violence; force; ravishment.
  • noun Synonyms Plunder, spoliation, robbery, depredation. See pillage.
  • To plunder violently or by superior force.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of plundering; the seizing and carrying away of things by force; spoliation; pillage; plunder.
  • noun obsolete Ravishment; rape.
  • transitive verb To plunder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The seizure of someone's property by force; plunder.
  • verb To plunder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of despoiling a country in warfare

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rapīna, from rapere, to seize; see rep- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English and Old French, from Latin rapīna, from rapiō.

Examples

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  • ... and on a heath beneath winking stars a fox, red reek of rapine in his fur, with merciless bright eyes scraped in the earth, listened, scraped up the earth, listened, scraped and scraped.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 2

    December 29, 2006

  • "'And what happened to you?' I asked politely, meaning how did he come to depart his wonderful warm-blooded life of rapine and slaughter for the vampire edition of the same thing."-Dead as a Doornail, by Charlaine Harris

    May 19, 2011

  • Adso used this word in "The Name Of The Rose."

    June 10, 2012