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rapine

[ rap-in, -ahyn ]
/ ˈræp ɪn, -aɪn /
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noun

the violent seizure and carrying off of another's property; plunder.

RELATED WORDS

plunder, seize

Nearby words

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Origin of rapine

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin rapīna robbery, pillage. See rape1, -ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for rapine

rapine

/ (ˈræpaɪn) /

noun

the seizure of property by force; pillage

Word Origin for rapine

C15: from Latin rapīna plundering, from rapere to snatch
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Word Origin and History for rapine

rapine


n.

early 15c., "plunder," from Middle French rapine (12c.), from Latin rapina "act of robbery, plundering, pillage," from rapere "seize, carry off, rob" (see rapid).

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