What does plunder mean?

Definitions for plunder
ˈplʌn dərplun·der

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

Princeton's WordNet

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

    goods or money obtained illegally

  2. loot, plunderverb

    take illegally; of intellectual property

    "This writer plundered from famous authors"

  3. sack, plunderverb

    plunder (a town) after capture

    "the barbarians sacked Rome"

  4. 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"

  5. rape, spoil, despoil, violate, plunderverb

    destroy and strip of its possession

    "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"


  1. plundernoun

    An instance of plundering

  2. plundernoun

    The loot attained by plundering

    The Hessian kept his choicest plunder in a sack that never left his person, for fear that his comrades would steal it.

  3. plunderverb

    To pillage, take or destroy all the goods of, by force (as in war); to raid, sack.

    The mercenaries plundered the small town.

  4. plunderverb

    To take by force or wrongfully; to commit robbery or looting, to raid.

  5. plunderverb

    To make extensive (over)use of, as if by plundering; to use or use up wrongfully.

    The miners plundered the jungle for its diamonds till it became a muddy waste.

  6. Etymology: Recorded since 1632 (during the Thirty Years War, native British use since the Cromwellian Civil War), from High German plunderen (=modern Dutch) "to plunder," originally "to take away household furniture," from plunder "household goods, clothes" ("lumber, baggage," 14c.); akin to Middle (=present) Dutch plunder "household goods", Frisian and Dutch plunje "clothes".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Plundernoun

    Pillage; spoils gotten in war.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Let loose the murmuring army on their masters,
    To pay themselves with plunder. Thomas Otway.

  2. To PLUNDERverb

    Etymology: plunderen, Dutch.

    Nebuchadnezzar plunders the temple of God, and we find the fatal doom that afterwards befel him. Robert South, Sermons.

    Ships the fruits of their exaction brought,
    Which made in peace a treasure richer far,
    Than what is plunder’d in the rage of war. Dryden.

    Their country’s wealth our mightier misers drain,
    Or cross, to plunder provinces, the main. Alexander Pope.


  1. plunder

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plunderverb

    to take the goods of by force, or without right; to pillage; to spoil; to sack; to strip; to rob; as, to plunder travelers

  2. Plunderverb

    to take by pillage; to appropriate forcibly; as, the enemy plundered all the goods they found

  3. Plundernoun

    the act of plundering or pillaging; robbery. See Syn. of Pillage

  4. Plundernoun

    that which is taken by open force from an enemy; pillage; spoil; booty; also, that which is taken by theft or fraud

  5. Plundernoun

    personal property and effects; baggage or luggage


  1. Plunder

    Plunder is a 1923 American drama film serial directed by George B. Seitz. During the production of this serial in August 1922, John Stevenson, a stuntman for Pearl White, was killed doing a stunt from a moving bus to an elevated platform.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plunder

    plun′dėr, v.t. to seize the goods of another by force: to pillage.—n. that which is seized by force: booty: (U.S.) household goods.—ns. Plun′derage, the stealing of goods on board ship; Plun′derer.—adj. Plun′derous. [Ger. plündern, to pillage—plunder, trash, baggage; akin to Low Ger. plunnen, rags.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. plunder

    A name given to the effects of the officers and crew of a prize, when pillaged by the captors, though the act directs that "nothing shall be taken out of a prize-ship till condemned." (See PILLAGE.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. plunder

    To take the goods of another by force; to take from by robbery; to spoil; to strip; to rob; as, to plunder a place. Also to take by pillage or open force; as, the enemy plundered all the goods they found.

  2. plunder

    That which is taken from an enemy; pillage; spoil.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plunder in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plunder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of plunder in a Sentence

  1. Tacitus:

    To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.

  2. Horace:

    The years as they pass plunder us of one thing after another.

  3. Charley Reese:

    If you look at Washington, you see permanently camped on the banks of the Potomac spread around in concentric circles an army representing thousands of selfish interests. The sole purpose of their presence is to plunder, by hook or crook, the public treasury for the benefit of their particular people or corporations.

  4. Laksheish M Patel:

    It is intraday clossing session time and like everyday SBICap broker has made its trading platform pages unresponsive. It is all deliberate done to plunder

  5. Friedrich August von Hayek:

    With the exception only of the period of the gold standard, practically all governments of history have used their exclusive power to issue money to defraud and plunder the people.

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Translations for plunder

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  • نهبArabic
  • lup, vyplenit, kořist, loupitCzech
  • Raubgut, ausplündern, ausbeuten, Beute, Plünderung, plündernGerman
  • λεία, λεηλατώ, κούρσεμα, λεηλασία, διαγούμισμα, κουρσεύω, καταληστεύω, πλιάτσικο, λαφυραγώγηση, λάφυρα, πλιατσικολογώ, διαγουμίζω, λαφυραγωγώGreek
  • saquear, botín, saqueoSpanish
  • ryöstö, ryöstösaalis, ryöstääFinnish
  • piller, pillageFrench
  • creachScottish Gaelic
  • fosztogat, kifoszt, kirabol, zsákmányHungarian
  • ավար, թալանArmenian
  • menjarahIndonesian
  • rapinare, razziare, predare, bottino, saccheggio, fare man bassa, fare piazza pulita, depredare, saccheggiare, saccoItalian
  • 略奪Japanese
  • praedoLatin
  • tūkuku, mūrei, hui, whakarekereke, pāhue, pāhuahua, pāhuaMāori
  • plyndre, plyndring, bytteNorwegian
  • plunderen, leegroven, roven, plunderbuit, opgebruiken, plundering, brandschatting, brandschatten, buit, uitputtenDutch
  • bytte, plyndre, plyndringNorwegian Nynorsk
  • plyndringNorwegian
  • saquear, pilhar, butim, saque, pilhagemPortuguese
  • pradăRomanian
  • грабёж, грабить, разграбление, трофей, награбленное добро, добычаRussian
  • плен, плијенSerbo-Croatian
  • plundra, plundringSwedish
  • piyî, haper, branscater, forsipoujhîWalloon

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. tantamount
    • B. askant
    • C. usurious
    • D. inexpiable

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