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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Thus to many Africans, Rhodes the Pillager makes a complete mockery of whatever good Rhodes the Benefactor did.
But it is the bewitching character of Fleur Pillager that gives Tracks magic." TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS, LOS ANGELES TIMES, 9/11/88
On photography discussion boards online, those who use digital images without permission are referred to as "thieves," "forgers," or "pillagers." To the public, however, digital images have become so ubiquitous, and so easy to create and copy, that they are not necessarily regarded as art.
Fleur Pillager has a vision that causes her to change her name to Four Souls and to attempt to avenge her family for the loss of its land, but this leads instead to a complex solution when she marries the rich man who lives in a mansion built on her land.
POMP and romp at Castle Leslie where the owners can trace their ancestry back to that naughty pillager Attilla the Hun.
They will meet an arachnid named Mighty Tom, a vicious purebred chow named Hottentot, a fortuneteller called the Delver, a snake charmer, a Russian-German healer, two ex-thespians, a sheriff and an undertaker who will play deadly roles in the town's history, and a mysterious Cree, who will remind readers of one of Erdrich's most fascinating characters, Fleur Pillager from Tracks.
Chippewa writer Louise Erdich usually writes about Aboriginal people in her novels, which detail the interconnected lives of the Morrissey, Kashpaw, Lamartine, Lazarre, Nanapush, and Pillager families of North Dakota.
He notes, for instance, that Pat Boone helped make rhythm and blues safe for a skittish general audience in the 1950s, an effort that met with opposition--southern pastors burned his records and accused him of plotting "to destroy the moral fiber of white youth." Powell observes: "Boone can be viewed either as pillager or promoter; there is no question that he benefited commercially from the racism of white music fans by getting hits with songs by people who couldn't get a hearing themselves, but there can also be little doubt that he did as much as anyone to deconstruct that racism.
Therefore the complete narrative was placed in a context where an excavator or pillager of materials might find it, whereas the relief program was for contemporaries who brought with them at least a basic idea of what had happened in recent years; otherwise, they would probably not be in the palace at all.
Pauline, in contrast, wanders back and forth over the internalized borders of her cultural identity, turning increasingly to Catholicism as a way to rid herself of Indianness.(11) Yet even as she embraces more and more her own perverse spin on Catholicism, she is drawn to Matchimanito Lake where Nanapush lives with Fleur Pillager, her husband Eli Kashpaw, their daughter Lulu, and Eli's mother, Margaret.
The young chineur, the farfelu, the pillager of Khmer tombs had achieved not only celebrity, indeed notoriety, but also high official distinction.
The Television War of the Ratings in Little Rock topped media news for 1994 with one combatant firmly entrenched in its high castle keep, a would-be pillager trying to keep morale up after a brief but glorious breach of the battlements, and a peasant uprising making threatening noises with re-enforcements from afar.