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Monday, May 27, 2002

Definitions for rapine

  1. The act of plundering; the seizing and carrying away of another's property by force.

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Citations for rapine
He who has once begun to live by rapine always finds reasons for taking what is not his. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (translated by N.H. Thomson)
Extortion and rapine are poor providers. Olaudah Equiano, Unchained Voices: an anthology of Black authors in the English-Speaking World of the 18th Century
Origin of rapine
late Middle English
Rapine derives from Latin rapina, from rapere, "to seize and carry off, to snatch or hurry away," which also gives us rapid.