Ransack Ran"sack (r[a^]n"s[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ransacked} (-s[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Ransacking}.] [OE. ransaken, Icel. rannsaka to explore, examine; rann a house (akin to Goth. razn house, AS. r[ae]sn plank, beam) + the root of s[ae]kja to seek, akin to E. seek. See {Seek}, and cf. {Rest} repose.] 1. To search thoroughly; to search every place or part of; as, to ransack a house. [1913 Webster]

To ransack every corner of their . . . hearts. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. To plunder; to pillage completely. [1913 Webster]

Their vow is made To ransack Troy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To violate; to ravish; to defiour. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Rich spoil of ransacked chastity. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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