pillage

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pillage

noun appropriation, booty, brigandage, deprivation, despoilment, despoliation, destruction, devestation, foray, havoc, maraud, piracy, plunder, plunderage, prey, raid, ransack, rapacity, rapina, rapine, ravage, razzia, sack, spoliation, vandalism

pillage

verb bring to ruin, burglarize, damage, depredate, desolate, despoil, destroy, devastate, lay in ashes, lay in ruins, lay waste, level, loot, make a shambles, make havoc, maraud, pirate, plunder, raid, reave, rob, ruin, ruinate, sabotage, sack, spoil, steal, strip, thieve, waste, wreck
Associated concepts: larceny
See also: confiscate, despoil, devastate, harry, havoc, hold up, loot, pilfer, pirate, plunder, prey, prize, rape, rob, seize, spoils, spoliation, steal

PILLAGE. The taking by violence of private property by a victorious army from the citizens or subjects of the enemy. This, in modern times, is seldom allowed, and then, only when authorized by the commander or chief officer, at the place where the pillage is committed. The property thus violently taken in general belongs to the common soldiers. See Dall. Dict. Propriete, art. 3, Sec. 5; Wolff, Sec. 1201; and Booty; Prize.

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It brings a tear to my eye when I think back to the times when I used to work in those areas among such wonderful people who would share the last crust of bread with you, when all around they are still being robbed, pillaged and raped by this Government.
They went in there and raped and pillaged the company.
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The horses were found buried side by side on a bed of birch bark next to a funeral chamber containing the pillaged burial of two Scythian nobles.
IT'S hard to imagine the days when infamous pirate Jose Gaspar plundered and pillaged the Florida coastline - especially when you've got bands cranking out reggae, rock, blues, country and jazz in clubs and bars all over town.
We are well aware of what is going on in Zimbabwe - the country is being systematically raped and pillaged - and it's wrong to turn a blind eye to a humanitarian crisis.
Fly-fishing is not to be raped and pillaged, they say; it's a solitary affair.
Sony pillaged and plundered Park Place, taking our company's most valuable assets, our intellectual property, cutting out the heart of our company.