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loot1

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noun
  1. spoils or plunder taken by pillaging, as in war.
  2. anything taken by dishonesty, force, stealth, etc.: a burglar's loot.
  3. a collection of valued objects: The children shouted and laughed as they opened their Christmas loot.
  4. Slang. money: You'll have a fine time spending all that loot.
  5. act of looting or plundering: to take part in the loot of a conquered city.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to carry off or take (something) as loot: to loot a nation's art treasures.
  2. to despoil by taking loot; plunder or pillage (a city, house, etc.), as in war.
  3. to rob, as by burglary or corrupt activity in public office: to loot the public treasury.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to take loot; plunder: The conquerors looted and robbed.
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Origin of loot1

1780–90; < Hindi lūṭ, akin to Sanskrit luṇṭhati (he) steals
Related formsloot·er, noun

Synonyms

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1. booty. 7. sack, ransack.
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  • 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.

  • I will see to it that my men guard this house from the looters till then.

  • G, were stored somewhere in Fairfax and to be left there as prey for looters.

    Company G

    A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow


British Dictionary definitions for looters

loot

noun
  1. goods stolen during pillaging, as in wartime, during riots, etc
  2. goods, money, etc, obtained illegally
  3. informal money or wealth
  4. the act of looting or plundering
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verb
  1. to pillage (a city, settlement, etc) during war or riots
  2. to steal (money or goods), esp during pillaging
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Derived Formslooter, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Hindi lūt
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Word Origin and History for looters

loot

n.

"goods taken from an enemy, etc.," 1788, Anglo-Indian, from Hindi lut, from Sanskrit loptram, lotram "booty, stolen property," from PIE *roup-tro-, from root *reup- "to snatch" (see rip (v.)). The verb is first attested 1821, from the noun. Related: Looted; looting.

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