verb (used with object), pillaged, pillaging.
to strip ruthlessly of money or goods by open violence, as in war; plunder: The barbarians pillaged every conquered city.
to take as booty.
verb (used without object), pillaged, pillaging.
to rob with open violence; take booty: Soldiers roamed the countryside, pillaging and killing.
the act of plundering, especially in war.
booty or spoil.

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)

pillager, noun
unpillaged, adjective

1. rob, sack, spoil, despoil, rape. 4. rapine, depredation, spoliation. 5. plunder.
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pillage (ˈpɪlɪdʒ)
1.  to rob (a town, village, etc) of (booty or spoils), esp during a war
2.  the act of pillaging
3.  something obtained by pillaging; booty
[C14: via Old French from piller to despoil, probably from peille rag, from Latin pīleus felt cap]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "act of plundering" (especially in war), from O.Fr. pillage (n.) "plunder," from piller "to plunder," possibly from V.L. *piliare "to plunder," probably from a fig. use of L. pilare "to strip of hair," perhaps also meaning "to skin" (cf. figurative extension of verbs pluck, fleece). The verb
is first recorded 1590s. Related: Pillaged; pillaging.
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Example sentences
Looking for those they could pillage.
Someone else hung up a piece of cloth on his barge and sailed away to trade and pillage in distant lands.
If you never teach the course, you can possibly pillage the syllabus later for something else.
But few agree on how to stop this pillage of their networks.
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