I. noun Etymology: Hindi & Urdu lūṭ; akin to Sanskrit luṇṭati he plunders Date: circa 1788 1. goods usually of considerable value taken in war ; spoils 2. something held to resemble goods of value seized in war: as a. something appropriated illegally often by force or violence b. illicit gains by public officials c. money 3. the action of looting Synonyms: see spoil II. verb Date: 1845 transitive verb 1. a. to plunder or sack in war b. to rob especially on a large scale and usually by violence or corruption 2. to seize and carry away by force especially in war intransitive verb to engage in robbing or plundering especially in war • looter noun

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