- to rob of goods or valuables by open force, as in war, hostile raids, brigandage, etc.: to plunder a town.
- to rob, despoil, or fleece: to plunder the public treasury.
- to take wrongfully, as by pillage, robbery, or fraud: to plunder a piece of property.
- to take plunder; pillage.
- plundering, pillage, or spoliation.
- that which is taken in plundering; loot.
- anything taken by robbery, theft, or fraud.
Origin of plunder
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Examples from the Web for plunder
It was up to the countries in which these acts of plunder had taken place to decide who rightfully owned the recovered works.My Grandfather's War: Recovering the Art the Nazis Stole
October 5, 2014
Hulagu then gave his men licence to rape, kill and plunder with the caveat that Christians and Jews were to be spared.In Threatening Baghdad, Militants Seek to Undo 800 Years of History
August 16, 2014
When they ran out of food, he would “go down to Babylon to plunder,” which means stealing from grocery stores.Speed Read: 9 Revelations From Elizabeth Smart’s Memoir, ‘My Story’
The Daily Beast
October 10, 2013
In contrast to other brigades, whose motto is “fight by day, plunder by night,” ISIS is a dedicated combat force.How U.S. Strikes on Syria Help al Qaeda
August 28, 2013
And it is repeated: “on the plunder they did not lay their hand.”Purim Perils: His View Is His Own
Rabbi Daniel Landes
February 18, 2013
We had hauled our manly tacks aboard, and had no thoughts of plunder.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
She had money on board (the plunder of Malta) to the amount of L600,000 sterling.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
It was profusely strewed with the plunder of that unlucky fortress.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Nevertheless, the Danes could not plunder England as easily as before.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
An officer cried directly that he had helped to plunder a house last night.Barnaby Rudge
- to steal (valuables, goods, sacred items, etc) from (a town, church, etc) by force, esp in time of war; loot
- (tr) to rob or steal (choice or desirable things) from (a place)to plunder an orchard
- anything taken by plundering or theft; booty
- the act of plundering; pillage
Word Origin and History for plunder
1630s, from German plündern, from Middle High German plunderen "to plunder," originally "to take away household furniture," from plunder (n.) "household goods, clothes," also "lumber, baggage" (14c.; cf. Modern German Plunder "lumber, trash"), which is related to Middle Dutch plunder "household goods;" Frisian and Dutch plunje "clothes." A word acquired by English via the Thirty Years War and applied in native use after the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642. Related: Plundered; plundering. Plunderbund was a U.S. colloquial word from 1914 referring to "a corrupt alliance of corporate and financial interests," with German Bund "alliance, league."
"goods taken by force; act of plundering," 1640s, from plunder (v.).