looters

loot

1 [loot]
noun
1.
spoils or plunder taken by pillaging, as in war.
2.
anything taken by dishonesty, force, stealth, etc.: a burglar's loot.
3.
a collection of valued objects: The children shouted and laughed as they opened their Christmas loot.
4.
Slang. money: You'll have a fine time spending all that loot.
5.
act of looting or plundering: to take part in the loot of a conquered city.
verb (used with object)
6.
to carry off or take (something) as loot: to loot a nation's art treasures.
7.
to despoil by taking loot; plunder or pillage (a city, house, etc.), as in war.
8.
to rob, as by burglary or corrupt activity in public office: to loot the public treasury.
verb (used without object)
9.
to take loot; plunder: The conquerors looted and robbed.

Origin:
1780–90; < Hindi lūṭ, akin to Sanskrit luṇṭhati (he) steals

looter, noun


1. booty. 7. sack, ransack.
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loot (luːt)
 
n
1.  goods stolen during pillaging, as in wartime, during riots, etc
2.  goods, money, etc, obtained illegally
3.  informal money or wealth
4.  the act of looting or plundering
 
vb
5.  to pillage (a city, settlement, etc) during war or riots
6.  to steal (money or goods), esp during pillaging
 
[C19: from Hindi lūt]
 
'looter
 
n

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loot
1788, Anglo-Indian, from Hindi lut, from Skt. lota-m "booty, stolen property." The verb is first attested 1842, from the noun.
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