verb (used with object), pil·laged, pil·lag·ing.
verb (used without object), pil·laged, pil·lag·ing.
- pill beetle,
- pill bug,
- pill popper,
- pill pusher,
- pillar box,
- pillar to post,
Origin of pillage
Examples from the Web for pillager
But go thou to the temple of Minerva the pillager, with victims, having assembled the matrons of distinction.
I have buried beloved dead on this journey and I have surrendered all my substance to a pillager.The City of Delight|Elizabeth Miller
Is she a poacher, a pillager of other's property, or a genuine huntress?More Hunting Wasps|J. Henri Fabre
This seems to refer to the profession of brigand and pillager.
I appear as the benefactor, and not as the pillager, of the Indians.The Conquest|Eva Emery Dye
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.