- spoils or plunder taken by pillaging, as in war.
- anything taken by dishonesty, force, stealth, etc.: a burglar's loot.
- a collection of valued objects: The children shouted and laughed as they opened their Christmas loot.
- Slang. money: You'll have a fine time spending all that loot.
- act of looting or plundering: to take part in the loot of a conquered city.
- to carry off or take (something) as loot: to loot a nation's art treasures.
- to despoil by taking loot; plunder or pillage (a city, house, etc.), as in war.
- to rob, as by burglary or corrupt activity in public office: to loot the public treasury.
- to take loot; plunder: The conquerors looted and robbed.
Origin of loot1
1780–90; < Hindi lūṭ, akin to Sanskrit luṇṭhati (he) steals
SynonymsSee more synonyms for loot on Thesaurus.com
1. booty. 7. sack, ransack.
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Examples from the Web for looters
Before preservationists could put a stop to it, he and other looters had raided and destroyed precious relics buried at the site.Egypt Ain’t The Only Pyramid Show In Town
December 11, 2014
Looters and vandals damaged more than a dozen stores and businesses in Oakland, Calif., news reports said.
Over two days in August, rioters and looters rampaged through stores and threw stones.
As looters roamed, you could hear a few of the refrains that have defined this situation, most notably “No justice, no peace.”Raging Protesters Set Ferguson on Fire
November 25, 2014
Now to compare ISIS radicals and Ferguson looters is not to say that they are the same in all respects.Dinesh D’Souza: Ferguson Protesters Are Just Like ISIS
August 25, 2014
There was a mad scramble as the looters raced for their ship.This One Problem
M. C. Pease
In a few years the treasure will be exhausted, and the looters will depart.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
That was what the women called it, and the name stuck and killed the looters.The Battle with the Slum
Jacob A. Riis.
I will see to it that my men guard this house from the looters till then.The Saracen: The Holy War
G, were stored somewhere in Fairfax and to be left there as prey for looters.Company G
A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
- goods stolen during pillaging, as in wartime, during riots, etc
- goods, money, etc, obtained illegally
- informal money or wealth
- the act of looting or plundering
- to pillage (a city, settlement, etc) during war or riots
- to steal (money or goods), esp during pillaging
C19: from Hindi lūt
Word Origin and History for looters
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper