• WordNet 3.6
    • n rapine the act of despoiling a country in warfare
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rapine Ravishment; rape.
    • Rapine The act of plundering; the seizing and carrying away of things by force; spoliation; pillage; plunder. "Men who were impelled to war quite as much by the desire of rapine as by the desire of glory."
    • v. t Rapine To plunder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rapine The violent seizure and carrying off of property; open plunder by armed or superior force, as in war or by invasion or raid.
    • n rapine Violence; force; ravishment.
    • n rapine Synonyms Plunder, spoliation, robbery, depredation. See pillage.
    • rapine To plunder violently or by superior force.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rapine rap′in act of seizing and carrying away forcibly: plunder: violence.
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  • William Wordsworth
    “Rapine, avarice, expense, This is idolatry; and these we adore; Plain living and high thinking are no more.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rapine,; cf. Pr. & It. rapina,; all fr. L. rapina, fr. rapere, to seize and carry off by force. See Rapid, and cf. Raven rapine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. rapinarapĕre, to seize.


In literature:

It was liberty he wanted, not rapine, and he did his utmost to restrain his lawless followers from acts of violence.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
When only nineteen, he translated from the Latin, Rapin on Gardens.
"On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening," by Samuel Felton
I have offended you by checking your rapine.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Echard and Rapin are silent, both as to the event and as to the locality.
"Notes and Queries, Number 208, October 22, 1853" by Various
They had neither race, nor creed, nor aspirations, but only an unhallowed lust for the fruits of rapine.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
It is all full of lies and rapine; The prey departeth not.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
Notwithstanding, what is their life and religion but incessant murder, robbery, rapine and other horrible outrages?
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Night is, in fact, their true time for rapine and desperate deeds.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The troops were drunk with victory and rapine.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
It would only be a repetition of the same tale of rapine, plunder, murder, and devastation.
"Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series" by Jacob Abbott

In poetry:

Of streets with human gore made red,
Of priests upon the altar slain;
The scenes of rapine, woe and dread,
That fill the warrior's horrid train.
"Yes! Strike Again That Sounding String" by James Monroe Whitfield
"She witchd my brother to a carlish boore,
And made him stiffe and stronge;
And built him a bowre on magicke grounde,
To live by rapine and wronge.
"The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" by Anonymous British
This is the sin against the Holy Ghost:
This is the sin no purging can atone:—
To send forth rapine in the name of Christ:—
To set the face, and make the heart a stone.
"The Unpardonable Sin" by Vachel Lindsay
"Yet in their face superior beauty glows;
Are smiles the mien of Rapine and of Wrong?
Yet from their lip the voice of mercy flows,
And even religion dwells upon their tongue.
"Elegy XX. He Compares His Humble Fortune With the Distress of Others" by William Shenstone
No Envy there, a bloodhound grim,
Pursues us on our way;
The eye of Avarice is dim;
There Rapine does not prey.
We leave, in that blessed pilgrimage,
Age, and the woes that wait on age.
"A Dirge" by Peter John Allan
Who, when terror and doubt thro' the universe reign'd,
While rapine and treason their standards unfurl'd,
The heart and the hopes of his Country maintain'd,
And one kingdom preserv'd 'midst the wreck of the world.
"The Pilot That Weath'd The Storm" by George Canning

In science:

We gratefully thank Divic Rapin and the whole Tracker team.
AMS02 Ecal gamma trigger performance measured at the October 2004 CERN test beam