Definition of "pillage" []

  • To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; plunder. (verb-transitive)
  • To take as spoils. (verb-transitive)
  • To take spoils by force. (verb-intransitive)
  • The act of pillaging. (noun)
  • Something pillaged; spoils. (noun)
  • To rob (a town, village, etc) of (booty or spoils), esp during a war (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The act of pillaging (noun)
  • Something obtained by pillaging; booty (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "pillage" in a sentence
  • "Prepare to lower the foc'sle and main pillage and plunder and put big hickeys on all the fair damsels!"
  • "Not the slightest trace is left of these nations which, born in pillage, died in blood."
  • "They knew that they were breaking the law by carrying on a game of what is called pillage or brigandage at sea; but then they thought the law was all wrong, and that it was unlawful to enforce such restrictions, or put any penalty on freedom of action."