What does pillage mean?

Definitions for pillage
ˈpɪl ɪdʒpil·lage

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pillage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. loot, booty, pillage, plunder, prize, swag, dirty money(noun)

    goods or money obtained illegally

  2. plundering, pillage, pillaging(verb)

    the act of stealing valuable things from a place

    "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"

  3. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. pillage(Noun)

    The spoils of war.

    Etymology: From pillage, from piller, from an unattested meaning of pilio, probably a figurative use of pilo, from pilus.

  2. pillage(Noun)

    The act of pillaging.

    Etymology: From pillage, from piller, from an unattested meaning of pilio, probably a figurative use of pilo, from pilus.

  3. pillage(Verb)

    To loot or plunder by force, especially in time of war.

    Etymology: From pillage, from piller, from an unattested meaning of pilio, probably a figurative use of pilo, from pilus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pillage(noun)

    the act of pillaging; robbery

  2. Pillage(noun)

    that which is taken from another or others by open force, particularly and chiefly from enemies in war; plunder; spoil; booty

  3. Pillage(verb)

    to strip of money or goods by open violence; to plunder; to spoil; to lay waste; as, to pillage the camp of an enemy

  4. Pillage(verb)

    to take spoil; to plunder; to ravage

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pillage

    pil′āj, n. (Shak.) act of plundering: plunder: spoil, esp. taken in war.—v.t. to plunder or spoil.—v.t. Pill, to rob or plunder.—n. Pill′ager. [O. Fr.,—piller—L. pilāre, to plunder.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pillage

    Wanton and mostly iniquitous plunder. But an allowed ancient practice, both in this and other countries, as shown by the sea ordinances of France, and our black book of the admiralty.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pillage

    The act of plundering. Also that which is taken from another by open force, particularly and chiefly from enemies in war; plunder; spoil.

  2. pillage

    To strip of money or goods by open violence; to plunder; to spoil; as, troops pillage the camp or towns of an enemy.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pillage in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pillage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of pillage in a Sentence

  1. Reed Brody:

    The verdict sends a powerful message that the days when tyrants could brutalize their people, pillage their treasury and escape abroad to a life of luxury are coming to an end.

  2. Reed Brody:

    Habre's conviction for these horrific crimes after 25 years is a huge victory for his Chadian victims, the verdict sends a powerful message that the days when tyrants could brutalize their people, pillage their treasury and escape abroad to a life of luxury are coming to an end.

  3. Marianne Moore:

    War is pillage versus resistance and if illusions of magnitude could be transmuted into ideals of magnanimity, peace might be realized.

  4. Fatou Bensouda:

    We believe he ordered his troops to attack, pillage, rape, persecute and kill civilians belonging to Lendu, Ngiti and other ethnic groups, we believe he recruited hundreds of children into the UPC (Union of Congolese Patriots) and used them to kill and to die in the fighting; and girl soldiers to be routinely raped.

  5. H. L. Mencken:

    The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.

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Translations for pillage

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  • غزاوةArabic
  • plenění, drancování, plenit, drancovatCzech
  • Plünderung, plündernGerman
  • λεηλατώ, λεηλασία, διαγούμισμα, λάφυρα, διαγουμίζω, κούρσεμα, κουρσεύω, πλιάτσικοGreek
  • saqueo, saquear, pillajeSpanish
  • rüüstamine, rüüstamaEstonian
  • ryöstäminen, ryöstää, sotasaalisFinnish
  • piller, pillageFrench
  • שלל, שדד, ביזהHebrew
  • menjarahIndonesian
  • saccheggio, bottino, saccheggiareItalian
  • 略奪品, 略奪Japanese
  • praedoLatin
  • sirojums, sirotLatvian
  • pāhua, pāhue, parakete, pāhuahuaMāori
  • butim, saque, pilhar, saquear, pilhagemPortuguese
  • prădaRomanian
  • грабёж, разграбление, награбленное добро, грабить, трофей, добыча, разбойRussian
  • plundring, plundraSwedish
  • ปล้นสะดมThai
  • çapulculuk, talan, yağmaTurkish
  • branscataedje, piyaedjeWalloon

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