• WordNet 3.6
    • v plunder destroy and strip of its possession "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
    • v plunder steal goods; take as spoils "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"
    • v plunder plunder (a town) after capture "the barbarians sacked Rome"
    • v plunder take illegally; of intellectual property "This writer plundered from famous authors"
    • n plunder goods or money obtained illegally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Plunder Personal property and effects; baggage or luggage.
    • Plunder That which is taken by open force from an enemy; pillage; spoil; booty; also, that which is taken by theft or fraud. "He shared in the plunder ."
    • Plunder The act of plundering or pillaging; robbery. See Syn. of Pillage. "Inroads and plunders of the Saracens."
    • Plunder To take by pillage; to appropriate forcibly; as, the enemy plundered all the goods they found.
    • Plunder To take the goods of by force, or without right; to pillage; to spoil; to sack; to strip; to rob; as, to plunder travelers. "Nebuchadnezzar plunders the temple of God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plunder Household or personal effects; baggage; luggage.
    • n plunder The act of plundering; robbery.
    • n plunder That which is taken from an enemy by force; pillage; prey; spoil; booty.
    • n plunder Hence, that which is taken by theft, robbery, or fraud: as, the cashier escaped with his plunder. Synonyms Booty, Spoil, etc. See pillage.
    • plunder To take goods or valuables forcibly from; pillage; spoil; strip; rob.
    • plunder To take by pillage or open force: as, the enemy plundered all the goods they found.
    • plunder Synonyms To despoil, sack, rifle, ravage. See pillage, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Plunder plun′dėr to seize the goods of another by force: to pillage
    • n Plunder that which is seized by force: booty:
    • n Plunder (U.S.) household goods
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “It is well-known what a middleman is: he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. plündern, to plunder, plunder, frippery, baggage


In literature:

The spoils and tribute of the Greeks had quickly disappeared from their open hands, and the warlike profligates demanded new plunder.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It was plundered by his soldiers without mercy.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
But they reckoned wrongly: the Gauls came down the left bank of the river, plundering and burning as they marched.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Money paid in order to save a place from being plundered by a hostile force.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Such an opportunity for plunder, and such easy plunder, had never been before.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
You plundered the father and mother, and carried away their children.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Nothing was too vile for the plunderers.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
It was supposed that the natives had carried him off in their retreat, to plunder him at leisure.
"Stories and Legends of Travel and History, for Children" by Grace Greenwood
No cruise came to an end until the company declared themselves satisfied with the amount of plunder taken.
"Great Pirate Stories" by Various
As yet only a house or two had been plundered, but within twenty-four hours Paris might be reduced to ashes.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
The towns, harried and plundered to skin and bone, were glad to see a Statthalter, and did homage to him with all their heart.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
After the miscreants had removed all their plunder to dry ground a dispute arose over a division of the spoils.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
An Indian seldom sleeps in war, and plunder may keep a Huron here after his tribe has departed.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
I durst not remain longer away, lest my own house should be plundered and broken into.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
To the rapacious and profligate she offered the plunder of fertile plains and wealthy cities.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Plunderings went on as usual, and AEthelred had no resource but to pay money to the plunderers to buy a short respite.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
The natives now began to break open the shops and plunder the contents.
"A Chapter of Adventures" by G. A. Henty
Thousands of stragglers (from the other corps) roamed over the field to plunder and riot.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
He's got a lot o' plunder he wants to git into camp with.
"Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran" by John McElroy
Under the code of the Vagrery, to plunder a Frank is a pious act.
"The Poniard's Hilt" by Eugène Sue

In poetry:

Leaking, reeking, nail-sick,
Rolling home again
With their scurvy-rotten seamen
And the plunder of the Main.
"The Queen's Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith
On plunder bent abroad he went
Towards the close of day,
And loitered on the lonely road
Impatient for his prey.
"Jaspar" by Robert Southey
And just it is, this Duke unkind,
Now he has come to die,
In plundered land should hardly find
Sufficient space to lie.
"The Burial of William - the Conqueror" by Robert Fuller Murray
Ay, we will build us crafts galore,
Like Shakespeare's they shall be,
And we will plunder every shore
And every ship at sea.
"A Dream Of Romance" by Maurice Thompson
When Justice rises in her might,
And, from its sheath, with swiftest flight,
Her sword pursues;
What vengeance must o'erwhelm them all!
The plunderers, who, in their fall,
Receive their dues!
"King Kobbena Eljen" by George Hannibal Temple
His scruples thus silenced, Tom felt more at ease,
And went with his comrades the apples to seize;
He blamed and protested, but joined in the plan;
He shared in the plunder, but pitied the man.
"Pity For Poor Africans" by William Cowper

In news:

Seafair Pirates to plunder Snoqualmie Railroad Days.
California's Latest Pay Plunder .
The fact is, there is no legal or customary basis to demand the return of anything plundered prior to the turn of the 20th century.
Columnists Mia Katrin The Madoff Plunder .
The Road to Legalized Plunder .
A Convoy Heads for Gori to Investigate Rumors of Plunder .
Disney's buccaneers expect to plunder B.O.
Philly Plutocrats Plunder a Legacy.
Meanwhile, the systematic plundering of archaeological sites continues unabated.
We are told constantly that pieces from the museum and plundered objects are being sold or auctioned in many different cities.
Nearly 1,000 people showed up to the first ever Pirate Plunder Adventure Race in Yakima.
Man plundered cousin's home during robbery.
From Reverence to Rape Hollywood plunders meaning from the Holocaust—again.
The Wonderful Plunderful Pirate Emporium by Calef Brown.
Yung Life Plunders '80s Pop and Makes It Sound New Again.