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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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Having secured the route to the plains of Punjab, by pillaging Bhera in 1004, Mahmud next raided Multan in 1005-06 in his fourth raid.
The ship, which lies at a depth of 3,800m on the bottom of the ocean, is now subject to a Unesco convention as a site of cultural heritage, which aims to stop the illegal pillaging.
Their haul was huge, including the contents of royal tombs, which they badly damaged in the process of pillaging them.
And pillaging sounds like an outdoor activity, does it not?
But I don't understand raping and pillaging in business."
* Pillaging of the cultural property specified in China's request jeopardizes China's cultural heritage.
Pissing, belching, pillaging are negated by excessive repetition--they can't be "real," they are so artificial.
`I know how exciting pillaging is,' the giant said fondly, ruffling Jack's hair.
For a much poorer country, with a long history but few funds with which to preserve it, looting, or pillaging, means the irretrievable destruction of that history.
Michael Kinsley wrote on November 7 in a house editorial for the Los Angeles Times, "Democrats seem oblivious to their platform's moral potency: innocent children suffering because their families can't get health insurance; platoons of young men and women dying in a war that didn't have to be; the pillaging of God's green Earth."
Those who are being described as Janjaweed and are raping and pillaging under this name are drawn mainly from pastoral peoples who compete with the settled Fur farmers they are attacking for access to land and water.