plunder
I. verb (plundered; plundering) Etymology: German plündern Date: 1632 transitive verb 1. a. to take the goods of by force (as in war) ; pillage, sack <
invaders plundered the town
>
b. to take by force or wrongfully ; steal, loot <
plundered artifacts from the tomb
>
2. to make extensive use of as if by plundering ; use or use up wrongfully <
plunder the land
>
intransitive verb to commit robbery or looting • plunderer noun II. noun Date: 1643 1. an act of plundering ; pillaging 2. something taken by force, theft, or fraud ; loot 3. chiefly dialect personal or household effects Synonyms: see spoil

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  • Plunder — (s. ⇨ Plünne). 1. Ich muss ja nicht allen Plunder haben. 2. Plunder, Plander, geit eine Red die ander. (Deisslingen.) – Birlinger, 1150. *3. Allen Plunder wissen wollen. – Eiselein, 513. *4. Dat es van Plunnen1 in t Plätt2. (Lippe.) 1) Plunder,… …   Deutsches Sprichwörter-Lexikon

  • plunder — (v.) 1630s, from M.H.G. plunderen to plunder, originally to take away household furniture, from plunder household goods, clothes (Cf. M.H.G. plunder lumber, baggage, 14c.; M.Du. plunder household goods; Fris., Du. plunje clothes ). A word… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Plunder — Plun der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plundered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plundering}.] [G. pl[ u]ndern to plunder, plunder frippery, baggage.] 1. To take the goods of by force, or without right; to pillage; to spoil; to sack; to strip; to rob; as, to plunder… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plunder — Sm std. stil. (14. Jh.), mndd. plunderware m./f. kleines Hausgerät, Kleider , mndd. plunder, mndl. plunder, plonder f. gebrauchter Hausrat, Bettzeug, Kleider Stammwort. Auch ohne r in mndd. plunne, plunde Kram , mndl. plundware f./(m. ?) kleiner… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Plunder — Plunder: Die Herkunft des Wortes (mhd. blunder, mnd. plunder; entsprechend mniederl. plunder) ist unklar. Das heute im verächtlichen Sinne von »alter Kram, wertloses Zeug« verwendete Wort bedeutete früher »Hausgerät; Kleider; Wäsche, Bettzeug«.… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Plunder — Plun der, n. 1. The act of plundering or pillaging; robbery. See Syn. of {Pillage}. [1913 Webster] Inroads and plunders of the Saracens. Sir T. North. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is taken by open force from an enemy; pillage; spoil; booty; also …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plunder# — plunder vb *rob, rifle, loot, burglarize Analogous words: despoil, spoliate, sack, pillage, *ravage: *strip, denude, bare plunder n *spoil, booty, prize, loot, swag Analogous words: robbery, larceny, *theft …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • plunder — [n] something stolen booty, goods*, graft, hot goods*, loot, make*, pickings*, pillage, plunderage, prey, prize, quarry, rapine, raven, spoil, stuff*, take*, trappings*, winnings*; concept 710 Ant. gift plunder [v] ravage, steal appropriate, burn …   New thesaurus

  • plunder — ► VERB ▪ enter forcibly and steal goods from, especially during war or civil disorder. ► NOUN 1) the action of plundering. 2) goods obtained by plundering. DERIVATIVES plunderer noun. ORIGIN German plündern, rob of household goods , from High Ger …   English terms dictionary

  • plunder — [plun′dər] vt. [Ger plündern < plunder, trash, baggage] 1. to rob or despoil (a person or place) by force, esp. in warfare 2. to take (property) by force or fraud vi. to engage in plundering n. 1. the act of plundering; pillage; robbery 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Plunder — Plunder, allerhand werthlose Sachen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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