- 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 plunderer
Well, well, I fear not for my child, she has no wealth to tempt a plunderer.The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor
Stephen Cullen Carpenter
The Turk has always been a plunderer and has cursed everything he touched.Birdseye Views of Far Lands
James T. Nichols
In 1013 Svend appeared no longer as a plunderer but as a conqueror.A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)
Samuel R. Gardiner.
Plunderer and plundered stare at each other for a moment; and that is all.Bramble-bees and Others
J. Henri Fabre
She also had $36 in silver, which the plunderer of the body did not get.The Red Record
Ida B. Wells-Barnett
- 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 plunderer
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.).