What does pillage mean?

Definitions for pillageˈpɪl ɪdʒ

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"


  1. pillage(Noun)

    The spoils of war.

  2. pillage(Noun)

    The act of pillaging.

  3. pillage(Verb)

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

  4. Origin: 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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Geoffrey Duke:

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

  2. Marianne Moore:

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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Translations for pillage

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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
  • çapulculuk, talan, yağmaTurkish
  • branscataedje, piyaedjeWalloon

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