verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of loot1
Examples from the Web for looting
But burning, rioting, and looting are disgraceful—and they make for real-life victims we somehow never hear about.
Rioting and looting ensued shortly after the verdict and racial tensions were tense across the United States for years to follow.
In January 1948, Spitz again fell under suspicion for his role in the looting of art in Europe during the war.
NOTE: D'Souza's quote from Newsmax compared ISIS to 'what's going on in Furgeson,' and beheading to looting.Dinesh D’Souza: Ferguson Protesters Are Just Like ISIS|Olivia Nuzzi|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This reminded me of the street battles going on in Missouri and looting accusations.Bam! Pow! Bling! Hip-Hop's History Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment|Daniel Genis|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then looting began; the officers being robbed of everything, even their swords and epaulets.Twelve Naval Captains|Molly Elliot Seawell
This looting instinct in them is far stronger than the fighting one.
Meanwhile the warriors were looting the waggons, including my own, having first thrown all the dead Boers into a heap.Allan's Wife|H. Rider Haggard
The town was in a state of chaos, looting and drinking, and the British were expected next morning.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. V (of VI)|Louis Creswicke
And some, alas, were busy with the sinister business of looting.The Conquest of America|Cleveland Moffett
Word Origin for loot
1842, verbal noun from loot (v.).
"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.