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[rap-in, -ahyn] /ˈræp ɪn, -aɪn/
the violent seizure and carrying off of another's property; plunder.
Origin of rapine
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin rapīna robbery, pillage. See rape1, -ine2 Unabridged
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  • In the Asiatic Cusha-Dwip they supported themselves by violence and rapine.

    The God-Idea of the Ancients Eliza Burt Gamble
  • Night is, in fact, their true time for rapine and desperate deeds.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Falcons (from falx, a reaping-hook) are marvellously organised for rapine, and realise the ideal of a bird of prey.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • The Pirate-Colonel replied, in a courageous voice, "By rapine!"

  • Her shipping may be bottled up, but she needs to stand in no fear of invading hosts and of rapine by armies from across the ocean.

  • What a setting of blood and lust and flame and rapine for such a hero!

  • To the man of war and rapine, trained in cruelty and injustice, the woman was the one thing that spoke of the joy of yielding.

    Tea-Table Talk Jerome K. Jerome
  • He was the worthy son of a family of scoundrels, and lived by theft and rapine.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • One of them, who had been concerned in some act of violence or rapine, had given information against his companions.

  • But, say you, those who have got riches by rapine, are still in possession of them.

British Dictionary definitions for rapine


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

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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