1. The act of pillaging; robbery.
2. That which is taken from another or others by open force, particularly and chiefly from enemies in war; plunder; spoil; booty.
Which pillage they with merry march bring home. --Shak.
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.
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.
Mummius . . . took, pillaged, and burnt their city. --Arbuthnot.
Pil·lage, v. i. To take spoil; to plunder; to ravage.
They were suffered to pillage wherever they went. --Macaulay.
n 1: goods or money obtained illegally [syn: loot, booty, plunder,
prize, swag, dirty money]
2: the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the
plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great
authors" [syn: plundering, pillaging]
v : steal goods; take as spoils; "During the earthquake people
looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"
[syn: plunder, despoil, loot, reave, strip, rifle,