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plunder

[ pluhn-der ]
/ ˈplʌn dər /
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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
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Origin of plunder

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

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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 of plunder

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
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