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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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