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rapine

[rap-in, -ahyn] /ˈræp ɪn, -aɪn/
noun
1.
the violent seizure and carrying off of another's property; plunder.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin rapīna robbery, pillage. See rape1, -ine2
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  • It will never answer to allow our free borders to be made the scene of bloodshed and rapine.
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rapine

/ˈræpaɪn/
noun
1.
the seizure of property by force; pillage
Word Origin
C15: from Latin rapīna plundering, from rapere to snatch
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Word Origin and History for rapine
n.

early 15c., "plunder," from Middle French rapine (12c.), from Latin rapina "act of robbery, plundering, pillage," from rapere "seize, carry off, rob" (see rapid).

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