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pillage

[pil-ij] /ˈpɪl ɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), pillaged, pillaging.
1.
to strip ruthlessly of money or goods by open violence, as in war; plunder:
The barbarians pillaged every conquered city.
2.
to take as booty.
verb (used without object), pillaged, pillaging.
3.
to rob with open violence; take booty:
Soldiers roamed the countryside, pillaging and killing.
noun
4.
the act of plundering, especially in war.
5.
booty or spoil.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English pilage (see pill3, -age), modeled on Middle French pillage (derivative of piller to pillage, orig., to abuse, mistreat, tear, of uncertain origin)
Related forms
pillager, noun
unpillaged, adjective
Synonyms
1. rob, sack, spoil, despoil, rape. 4. rapine, depredation, spoliation. 5. plunder.
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British Dictionary definitions for pill-ager

pillage

/ˈpɪlɪdʒ/
verb
1.
to rob (a town, village, etc) of (booty or spoils), esp during a war
noun
2.
the act of pillaging
3.
something obtained by pillaging; booty
Derived Forms
pillager, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from piller to despoil, probably from peille rag, from Latin pīleus felt cap
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Word Origin and History for pill-ager

pillage

n.

late 14c., "act of plundering" (especially in war), from Old French pilage (14c.) "plunder," from pillier "to plunder, loot, ill-treat," possibly from Vulgar Latin *piliare "to plunder," probably from a figurative use of Latin pilare "to strip of hair," perhaps also meaning "to skin" (cf. figurative extension of verbs pluck, fleece), from pilus "a hair" (see pile (n.3)).

v.

"plunder, despoil," 1590s, from pillage (n.). Related: Pillaged; pillaging. The earlier verb in English was simply pill (late Old English), which probably is from Latin pilare.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pill-ager

pillage

verb

To eat voraciously or steal food: pillaged the office fridge when no one was looking


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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