plunder

[ pluhn-der ]
/ ˈplʌn dər /

verb (used with object)

to rob of goods or valuables by open force, as in war, hostile raids, brigandage, etc.: to plunder a town.
to rob, despoil, or fleece: to plunder the public treasury.
to take wrongfully, as by pillage, robbery, or fraud: to plunder a piece of property.

verb (used without object)

to take plunder; pillage.

noun

Origin of plunder

First recorded in 1620–30, plunder is from the Dutch word plunderen

Related forms

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plunder

British Dictionary definitions for plunder

plunder

/ (ˈplʌndə) /

verb

to steal (valuables, goods, sacred items, etc) from (a town, church, etc) by force, esp in time of war; loot
(tr) to rob or steal (choice or desirable things) from (a place)to plunder an orchard

noun

anything taken by plundering or theft; booty
the act of plundering; pillage

Derived Forms

plunderable, adjectiveplunderer, nounplunderous, adjective

Word Origin for plunder

C17: probably from Dutch plunderen (originally: to plunder household goods); compare Middle High German plunder bedding, household goods
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012