• WordNet 3.6
    • v ransack search thoroughly "They combed the area for the missing child"
    • v ransack steal goods; take as spoils "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ransack The act of ransacking, or state of being ransacked; pillage. "Even your father's house
      Shall not be free from ransack ."
    • v. i Ransack To make a thorough search. "To ransack in the tas [heap] of bodies dead."
    • Ransack To plunder; to pillage completely. "Their vow is made
      To ransack Troy."
    • Ransack To search thoroughly; to search every place or part of; as, to ransack a house. "To ransack every corner of their . . . hearts."
    • Ransack To violate; to ravish; to defiour. "Rich spoil of ransacked chastity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ransack To search thoroughly; seek carefully in all parts of; explore, point by point, for what is desired; overhaul in detail.
    • ransack To sack; pillage completely; strip by plundering.
    • ransack To obtain by ransacking or pillage; seize upon; carry off; ravish.
    • ransack To violate; deflower: as, “ransackt chastity,”
    • ransack To make penetrating search or inquisition; pry; rummage.
    • n ransack Detailed search or inquisition; careful investigation.
    • n ransack A ransacking; search for plunder; pillage; sack.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Ransack ran′sak to search thoroughly: to plunder: to pillage
    • n Ransack eager search
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ransaken, Icel. rannsaka, to explore, examine; rann, a house (akin to Goth. razn, house, AS. ræsn, plank, beam) + the root of sækja, to seek, akin to E. seek,. See Seek, and cf. Rest repose


In literature:

My father's library was once more ransacked.
"Autobiography of Friedrich Froebel" by Friedrich Froebel
I never gain, what Trojan town soe'er We ransack, half thy booty.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
The cupboards even were all ransacked, and the bureau drawers.
"The Pot of Gold" by Mary E. Wilkins
These, he had good reason to suppose, were ransacked in his absence.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
While he was ransacking the dying man, they recognized each other.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
My men are below ransacking your hold for the goods and treasure it may contain.
"Kate Bonnet" by Frank R. Stockton
He had ransacked his sister's bedroom.
"More William" by Richmal Crompton
And ransack every public house round about.
"The Riddle of the Frozen Flame" by Mary E. Hanshew
Every room in the house was ransacked.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The commissaire proceeded, with a hasty hand, as if he wished to get the work quickly over, to ransack drawers and boxes.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 427" by Various

In poetry:

The news reach'd Nassau's Duke — ere earth
Was gladden'd by the lark,
He sent a hundred solders forth
To ransack all his park.
"The Child and the Hind" by Thomas Campbell
Whose lucid glow may thrones o'erthrow,
Or bid new nations rise,
May prove some plan whereby proud man
May ransack earth and skies.
"Good Habits" by Jared Barhite
But why should I ransack my head
To tell you all that Indian said;
We'll let the Indian man take wing, -
'Tis not of him I'm going to sing.
"Pasha Bailey Ben" by William Schwenck Gilbert
O ransack the four winds and find another
man who can mangle the grin of kings:
the sting of bees took away my father
who scorned the tick of the falling weather.
"Lament" by Sylvia Plath
Too late to save my household gods,
My treasures rich and rare.
My ransacked cupboards yawned agape,
My sideboard, too, was bare.
And there, beside my tumbled couch,
My trousers lay with rifled pouch.
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis
"On end for plunder, 'mid rain and thunder
That burst with the lull of our cannonade,
We vamped the streets in the stifling air—
Our hunger unsoothed, our thirst unstayed—
And ransacked the buildings there.
"San Sebastian" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Salafist Muslims Ransack Hotel for Serving Alcohol.
Basement windown broken and Catonsville residence ransacked , police say.
James Mitchell, 61, was arrested on charges he broke into and ransacked the H. R Madeux Insurance Agency in Torrington, August 15, 2012.
A home about one mile north of Ashby was ransacked recently, the county sheriff's office reported.
2 US missionaries found strangled at ransacked Mexico home.
A mother who was forced to sit and watch robbers ransack her home shared what she called her terrifying experience Wednesday.
In Istanbul, From Ransacked to Revived.
Jon Gosselin's NYC apartment ransacked .
Iraqi Museum Ransacked in 2003 Is to Reopen.
Man accused of ransacking woman's car.
An East Naples man was taken to jail Monday after a Collier County sheriff's deputy reported finding him ransacking a woman's car.
Police arrested a Bryan man after finding him naked in a ransacked hotel room, authorities said.
Teens accused of ransacking elderly widow's home.
Victim in Airbnb-related ransacking speaks outs.
Jon Gosselin's Ex Denies Ransacking His Apartment.