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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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British Dictionary definitions for unplundered

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 unplundered

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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