• WordNet 3.6
    • adj plundering given to taking by force what is desired
    • n plundering the act of stealing valuable things from a place "the plundering of the Parthenon","his plundering of the great authors"
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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.”


In literature:

All the plunder of the world will be yours.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
Fort Crevecoeur had been destroyed and plundered by mutineers among his own men.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
He plunders me; I plunder him.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
We will unload your plunder right here on the porch, and we can place them as you want them later.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
He doth even now pursue a most infamous course of plunder on the Rhine.
"German Culture Past and Present" by Ernest Belfort Bax
War was popularly supposed to be a thing of dashing adventure, of victory, and plunder.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
When the churches were plundered they often left them in flames, as they also did the strong cities they captured and sacked.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
I must get back to the waggons, or my friend the Horned Lizard may be taking his pick of the plunder.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Their caution was made the excuse for plundering them.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Cowardly fools that they were; had they held on like men, as matters turned out, we should have escaped being plundered at all.
"The Pirate of the Mediterranean" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Stoop and kneel on the settle under,
Look through the window's grated square:
Nothing to see! For fear of plunder,
The cross is down and the altar bare,
As if thieves don't fear thunder.
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
The nymph half in anger the plunderer chac'd,
But she fail'd to regain or the gem, or the cord;
For gayly he flew; and with rapturous haste,
His plunder consigned to the hand of his lord.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
We shall not stir, even though the frenzied Huns
Plunder the corpses of the slain in battle, drive
Their cattle into shrines, burn cities down,
And roast their white-skinned fellow men alive.
"The Scythians" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
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
Our wives are dishonoured, our children are slain
By thousands—we labour, but often in vain,
For the plundering foe still devours the proceeds,
Till nothing is left us but sorrows and needs.
"Temperance Warfare" by Janet Hamilton
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:

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.
Crary Art Gallery hosting WWII? plundered art events.
Virtually every war is accompanied by plunder.
Plundered art and antiquities trade to the tune of at least $3 billion a year, much to the chagrin of nations struggling to reclaim their lost artifacts.
The Rolling Stones, " Plundered My Soul".
Pirate Bay's Booty of Email Addresses Plundered .
The Liberal Sisterhood of the Plundering Hacks Scandal plagues many female Democratic officials.
The Rape of Europa (2006) Documentary about Nazi Germany's plundering of Europe's great works of art during World War II and Allied efforts to minimize the damage.
Plundering the Three Gorges May 14, 1998.
A complaint filed Tuesday alleges former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo plundered an overseas workers' fund to boost her 2004 election campaign.
Rick Ross' tour bus was left in ruins Saturday after a burglar (or burglars) broke into the massive vehicle, plundered thousands of dollars worth of stuff, and practically destroyed it in the process.
The Iraqi National Museum, home to priceless artifacts that were plundered in the chaos after the United States-led invasion in 2003, will reopen this month, an Iraqi official said Wednesday, Reuters reported.
From Reverence to Rape Hollywood plunders meaning from the Holocaust—again.