- 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 plunderers
As soon as the plunderers saw them, they left their booty and took to flight.Cyropaedia
For instance: An equitable division can be made between all the plunderers.Sophisms of the Protectionists
To this band of plunderers Harald appealed and found them ready for the task.Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)
Pay up this year's premium—it will be the last to these plunderers.Frenzied Finance
Thomas W. Lawson
They say there are plunderers and evil spirits in the great park.Windsor Castle
William Harrison Ainsworth
- 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 plunderers
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.).