Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Pillage'
- goods or money obtained illegally [syn: loot, booty, plunder, prize, swag, dirty money]
- 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, ransack, foray]
- Pillage \Pil"lage\, n. [F., fr. piller to plunder. See Pill to
- The act of pillaging; robbery. --Shak.
- 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.
- Pillage \Pil"lage\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pillaged; p. pr. & vb.
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.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Pillage'
Looting (Hindi lūṭ, akin to Sanskrit luṭhati, Looting is loosely distinguished from scavenging by the objects taken; scavenging implies taking of essential items such as food, water, shelter, or other material needed for survival while looting implies items of luxury or not necessary for survival such as art work, precious metals or other valuables. The proceeds of all these activities can be described as loot, plunder, or pillage.
Looting originally referred primarily to the plundering of villages and cities not only by victorious troops during warfare, but also by civilian members of the community (for example, see War and Peace,). Piracy is a form of looting organized by ships on the high seas outside the control of a sovereign government. The Hague Convention of 1907 and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, both explicitly ban "pillage" by hostile armies. A common way to avoid this is to establish Custodian of Enemy Property, which handle the property until it can be returned.[See more about Pillage at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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