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plunder

[pluhn-der] /ˈplʌn dər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to rob of goods or valuables by open force, as in war, hostile raids, brigandage, etc.:
to plunder a town.
2.
to rob, despoil, or fleece:
to plunder the public treasury.
3.
to take wrongfully, as by pillage, robbery, or fraud:
to plunder a piece of property.
verb (used without object)
4.
to take plunder; pillage.
noun
5.
plundering, pillage, or spoliation.
6.
that which is taken in plundering; loot.
7.
anything taken by robbery, theft, or fraud.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Dutch plunderen
Related forms
plunderable, adjective
plunderer, noun
plunderingly, adverb
plunderous, adjective
unplundered, adjective
unplunderous, adjective
unplunderously, adverb
Synonyms
1. rape, ravage, sack, devastate. 5. rapine, robbery. 6. booty, spoils.
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Examples from the web for plunder
  • My great aunt wore Chanel #5 and let me plunder her closet, too.
  • It's a pointless tactic that is effectively just handing the other team points and an opportunity to pillage and plunder.
  • Another had dropped his plunder while trying to get over a wall.
  • For some, Blunt's acts of brutality and plunder will seem justified given what he witnesses and endures.
  • Thieves plunder them for scrap metal.
  • There seems to be no end to the depths today's licensers are willing to plunder in order to make some extra bucks.
  • You either trade your loot and plunder with other players or 'buy' and 'sell' troops and resources with accumulated gold.
  • But any warlord worth his salt also knows how to plunder official booty.
  • Worse, public-works budgets have made easy plunder for corrupt officials.
British Dictionary definitions for plunder

plunder

/ˈplʌndə/
verb
1.
to steal (valuables, goods, sacred items, etc) from (a town, church, etc) by force, esp in time of war; loot
2.
(transitive) to rob or steal (choice or desirable things) from (a place): to plunder an orchard
noun
3.
anything taken by plundering or theft; booty
4.
the act of plundering; pillage
Derived Forms
plunderable, adjective
plunderer, noun
plunderous, adjective
Word Origin
C17: probably from Dutch plunderen (originally: to plunder household goods); compare Middle High German plunder bedding, household goods
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Word Origin and History for plunder
v.

1630s, from German plündern, from Middle High German plunderen "to plunder," originally "to take away household furniture," from plunder (n.) "household goods, clothes," also "lumber, baggage" (14c.; cf. Modern German Plunder "lumber, trash"), which is related to Middle Dutch plunder "household goods;" Frisian and Dutch plunje "clothes." A word acquired by English via the Thirty Years War and applied in native use after the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642. Related: Plundered; plundering. Plunderbund was a U.S. colloquial word from 1914 referring to "a corrupt alliance of corporate and financial interests," with German Bund "alliance, league."

n.

"goods taken by force; act of plundering," 1640s, from plunder (v.).

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