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Adjective: plundering  plún-du-ring
  1. Given to taking by force what is desired
Noun: plundering  plún-du-ring
  1. The act of stealing valuable things from a place
    "his plundering of the great authors"; "the plundering of the Parthenon";
    - pillage, pillaging
Verb: plunder  plún-du(r)
  1. (crime) take illegally; of intellectual property
    "This writer plundered from famous authors";
    - loot
  2. Plunder (a town) after capture
    "the barbarians plundered Rome";
    - sack
  3. Steal goods; take as spoils
    "During the earthquake people plundered the stores that were deserted by their owners";
    - despoil, loot, reave [archaic], strip, rifle, ransack, pillage, foray
  4. Destroy and strip of its possession
    "The soldiers plundered the beautiful country";
    - rape, spoil, despoil, violate

Derived forms: plunderings

See also: acquisitive

Type of: aggression, destroy, hostility, rip [N. Amer, informal], rip off [informal], ruin, steal, take

Encyclopedia: Plundering