Definitions for pillageˈpɪl ɪdʒ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pil•lageˈpɪl ɪdʒ(v.; n.)-laged, -lag•ing
(v.t.)to strip ruthlessly of money or goods by open violence, as in war; plunder.
to take as booty.
(v.i.)to rob with open violence; take booty.
(n.)the act of plundering, esp. in war.
Origin of pillage:
1350–1400; ME pilage < MF pillage, der. of piller to pillage, orig., to abuse, tear
loot, booty, pillage, plunder, prize, swag, dirty money(noun)
goods or money obtained illegally
plundering, pillage, pillaging(verb)
the act of stealing valuable things from a place
"the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"
plunder, despoil, loot, reave, strip, rifle, ransack, pillage, foray(verb)
steal goods; take as spoils
"During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"
The spoils of war.
The act of pillaging.
To loot or plunder by force, especially in time of war.
Origin: From pillage, from piller, from an unattested meaning of pilio, probably a figurative use of pilo, from pilus.
the act of pillaging; robbery
that which is taken from another or others by open force, particularly and chiefly from enemies in war; plunder; spoil; booty
to strip of money or goods by open violence; to plunder; to spoil; to lay waste; as, to pillage the camp of an enemy
to take spoil; to plunder; to ravage