What does pillage mean?

Definitions for pillage
ˈpɪl ɪdʒpil·lage

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word pillage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. loot, booty, pillage, plunder, prize, swag, dirty moneynoun

    goods or money obtained illegally

  2. plundering, pillage, pillagingverb

    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, forayverb

    steal goods; take as spoils

    "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"


  1. pillagenoun

    The spoils of war.

  2. pillagenoun

    The act of pillaging.

  3. pillageverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PILLAGEnoun

    Etymology: pillage, Fr.

    Others, like soldiers,
    Make boot upon the summer’s velvet buds;
    Which pillage they with merry march bring home. William Shakespeare.

    Thy sons make pillage of her chastity. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Pillageverb

    To plunder; to spoil.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The consul Mummius, after having beaten their army, took, pillaged and burnt their city. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.


  1. pillage

    Looting is the act of stealing, or the taking of goods by force, typically in the midst of a military, political, or other social crisis, such as war, natural disasters (where law and civil enforcement are temporarily ineffective), or rioting. The proceeds of all these activities can be described as booty, loot, plunder, spoils, or pillage.During modern-day armed conflicts, looting is prohibited by international law, and constitutes a war crime.


  1. pillage

    Pillage refers to the act of looting or robbing goods or properties, especially in warfare, by force. It often involves violence, destruction, and theft on a large scale.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pillagenoun

    the act of pillaging; robbery

  2. Pillagenoun

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

  3. Pillageverb

    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. Pillageverb

    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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  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. Geoffrey Duke:

    More weapons will mean more fuel to the fire, more attacks on civilians, arbitrary killings, rape, burnings and pillage.

  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. Eli Bremer:

    When we push our production to third-world countries, they pollute their lands, we are going to third-world countries and demanding that they pillage their lands so that we can have green technologies.

  5. Suu Kyi:

    They are not free to rape, pillage and torture, they are free to go in and fight. That is in the constitution. Military matters are to be left to the army.

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  • غزاوةArabic
  • plenění, plenit, drancovat, drancováníCzech
  • Plünderung, plündernGerman
  • διαγούμισμα, πλιάτσικο, κουρσεύω, λεηλασία, κούρσεμα, λάφυρα, λεηλατώ, διαγουμίζωGreek
  • saquear, saqueo, pillajeSpanish
  • rüüstamine, rüüstamaEstonian
  • sotasaalis, ryöstää, ryöstäminenFinnish
  • pillage, pillerFrench
  • ביזה, שדד, שללHebrew
  • menjarahIndonesian
  • bottino, saccheggiare, saccheggioItalian
  • 略奪, 略奪品Japanese
  • praedoLatin
  • sirot, sirojumsLatvian
  • parakete, pāhuahua, pāhue, pāhuaMāori
  • pilhar, saque, pilhagem, saquear, butimPortuguese
  • prădaRomanian
  • добыча, разбой, грабёж, трофей, грабить, награбленное добро, разграблениеRussian
  • plundra, plundringSwedish
  • ปล้นสะดมThai
  • talan, çapulculuk, yağmaTurkish
  • piyaedje, branscataedjeWalloon

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