verb (used with object), pil·laged, pil·lag·ing.
verb (used without object), pil·laged, pil·lag·ing.
Origin of pillage
Synonyms for pillage
Related Words for pillagercriminal, marauder, raider, burglar, looter, pickpocket, thief, bandit, crook, swindler, thug, pirate, mugger, shoplifter, rustler, mobster, outlaw, hooligan, gangster, robber
Examples from the Web for pillager
Historical Examples of pillager
The Crown Prince has been pictured as a libertine and a pillager.Face to Face with Kaiserism
James W. Gerard
I appear as the benefactor, and not as the pillager, of the Indians.The Conquest
Eva Emery Dye
This seems to refer to the profession of brigand and pillager.
Is she a poacher, a pillager of other's property, or a genuine huntress?More Hunting Wasps
J. Henri Fabre
You are the Eletto of Aalst, the pillager of cities, and this cannot be swept aside as easily as the dust from the floor.A Word Only A Word, Complete
Word Origin for pillage
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.