[rap-in, -ahyn]


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


Origin of rapine

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin rapīna robbery, pillage. See rape1, -ine2
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Examples from the Web for rapine

Historical Examples of rapine

  • What a setting of blood and lust and flame and rapine for such a hero!

  • He was the worthy son of a family of scoundrels, and lived by theft and rapine.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • The city is now a very hell of drunkenness, rapine, fire, and smoke.

  • You've a thousand years of quarrels, of fighting and rapine behind you.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Little did she suspect that they were beacon-fires calling to deeds of blood and rapine.


    Maurus Jokai

British Dictionary definitions for rapine



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

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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