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.
- pil·lag·er, noun
- un·pil·laged, adjective
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How to use pillage in a sentence
Like all playwrights of the time he pillages from the French, and vulgarizes Molire without stint or shame.
The enemy pillages the temple of its pillars of brass, and the golden candlestick from off the altar.Early English Alliterative Poems | Various
He protects the populace, and ravages and pillages the great.Faustus | Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
It seizes, it pillages, and it carries away, assured that all it does will be approved.The Insect | Jules Michelet
The wretched history of the town, with all its sieges and pillages by Barbarossa and the rest, might have been acted last year.Pictures from Italy | Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for pillage
to rob (a town, village, etc) of (booty or spoils), esp during a war
the act of pillaging
something obtained by pillaging; booty
- pillager, noun
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