Pillage Pil"lage, n. [F., fr. piller to plunder. See {Pill} to plunder.] 1. The act of pillaging; robbery. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is taken from another or others by open force, particularly and chiefly from enemies in war; plunder; spoil; booty. [1913 Webster]

Which pillage they with merry march bring home. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Plunder; rapine; spoil; depredation.

Usage: {Pillage}, {Plunder}. Pillage refers particularly to the act of stripping the sufferers of their goods, while plunder refers to the removal of the things thus taken; but the words are freely interchanged. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Pillage — Pil lage, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pillaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pillaging}.] To strip of money or goods by open violence; to plunder; to spoil; to lay waste; as, to pillage the camp of an enemy. [1913 Webster] Mummius . . . took, pillaged, and burnt… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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