- to strip ruthlessly of money or goods by open violence, as in war; plunder: The barbarians pillaged every conquered city.
- to take as booty.
- to rob with open violence; take booty: Soldiers roamed the countryside, pillaging and killing.
- the act of plundering, especially in war.
- booty or spoil.
Origin of pillage
Related Wordsmaraud, pilfer, ravage, desecrate, loot, ransack, desolate, rob, sack, trespass, appropriate, strip, devastate, nab, arrogate, ruin, thieve, purloin, waste, invade
Examples from the Web for pillaged
The charge that did him in was minor compared with the money he pillaged, but it nonetheless sunk him.Could Blankfein Face Prison?
August 23, 2011
He was a bad manager, however, and after his wife's death he was pillaged by every one.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
They were the roses of the mill; with Therese's assistance he must have pillaged the bushes in the enclosure.Fruitfulness
Quite a few castles and small towns were taken and pillaged.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
In a decade of our time, we had pillaged Kygpton of every particle of Sthalreh.Raiders of the Universes
A pilot, calling at his dwelling, found it pillaged and desolate.
- to rob (a town, village, etc) of (booty or spoils), esp during a war
- the act of pillaging
- something obtained by pillaging; booty
Word Origin and History for pillaged
late 14c., "act of plundering" (especially in war), from Old French pilage (14c.) "plunder," from pillier "to plunder, loot, ill-treat," possibly from Vulgar Latin *piliare "to plunder," probably from a figurative use of Latin pilare "to strip of hair," perhaps also meaning "to skin" (cf. figurative extension of verbs pluck, fleece), from pilus "a hair" (see pile (n.3)).
"plunder, despoil," 1590s, from pillage (n.). Related: Pillaged; pillaging. The earlier verb in English was simply pill (late Old English), which probably is from Latin pilare.