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plunder

noun booty, depredation, devastation, foray, haul, ill-gotten goods, illicit gains, loot, maraud, pillage, praeda, raid, rapina, rapine, ravin, razzia, robbery, sack, seizure, spoils, spoliation, stolen articles, stolen goods, take, theft

plunder

verb buccaneer, carry off, compilare, depredate, desolate, despoil, displume, divest, flay, impoverish, lay in ruins, lay waste, loot, maraud, overthrow, pillage, pirate, prey on, purloin, raid, ransack, ravage, raze, reave, rifle, rob, ruin, sack, seize, steal, strip, take away, thieve
See also: despoil, devastate, hijack, hold up, loot, pillage, pirate, prey, prize, rape, rob, spoil, spoils, spoliation, steal

TO PLUNDER. The capture of personal property on land by a public enemy, with a view of making it his own. The property so captured is called plunder. See Booty; Prize.

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You yourself were speaking of plunder just now, you know.
But they will capture and enslave us, and plunder and ruin all our lovely land
I promise you that you shall thrust your arms elbow-deep among good silver pieces ere the nights are moonless again; for on every hand of us are fair women, rich wine, and good plunder, as much as heart could wish.
At my time of life, food and clothing be all that is needed; and I have little occasion for what you call plunder, unless it may be, now and then, to barter for a horn of powder, or a bar of lead.
Merchant ships are but extension bridges; armed ones but floating forts; even pirates and privateers, though following the sea as highwaymen the road, they but plunder other ships, other fragments of the land like themselves, without seeking to draw their living from the bottomless deep itself.