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Webster 1913 Edition


Plunder

Plun′der

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Plundered
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Plundering
.]
[G.
plündern
to plunder,
plunder
frippery, baggage.]
1.
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.
South.
2.
To take by pillage; to appropriate forcibly;
as, the enemy
plundered
all the goods they found
.
Syn. – To pillage; despoil; sack; rifle; strip; rob.

Plun′der

,
Noun.
1.
The act of plundering or pillaging; robbery. See Syn. of
Pillage
.
Inroads and
plunders
of the Saracens.
Sir T. North.
2.
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.”
Cowper.
3.
Personal property and effects; baggage or luggage.
[Slang, Southwestern U.S.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Plunder

PLUN'DER

, v.t.
1.
To pillage; to spoil; to strip; to take the goods of an enemy by open force. Nebuchadnezzar plundered the temple of the Jews.
2.
To take by pillage or open force. The enemy plundered all the goods they found. We say, he plundered the tent, or he plundered the goods of the tent. The first is the proper use of the word.
3.
To rob, as a thief; to take from; to strip; as, the thief plundered the house; the robber plundered a man of his money and watch; pirates plunder ships and men.

PLUN'DER

,
Noun.
That which is taken from an enemy by force; pillage; prey; spoil.
1.
That which is taken by theft, robbery or fraud.

Definition 2022


Plunder

Plunder

See also: plunder and plünder

German

Noun

Plunder m

  1. (only singular) junk, rubbish

plunder

plunder

See also: Plunder and plünder

English

Verb

plunder (third-person singular simple present plunders, present participle plundering, simple past and past participle plundered)

  1. (transitive) To pillage, take or destroy all the goods of, by force (as in war); to raid, sack.
    The mercenaries plundered the small town.
    The shopkeeper was plundered of his possessions by the burglar.
  2. (transitive) To take (goods) by pillage.
    The mercenaries plundered all the goods they found.
  3. (intransitive) To take by force or wrongfully; to commit robbery or looting, to raid.
    "Now to plunder, mateys!" screamed a buccaneer, to cries of "Arrgh!" and "Aye!" all around.
  4. (transitive) To make extensive (over)use of, as if by plundering; to use or use up wrongfully.
    The miners plundered the jungle for its diamonds till it became a muddy waste.
  5. To take unexpectedly.

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

plunder (uncountable)

  1. An instance of plundering
  2. The loot attained by plundering
    The Hessian kept his choicest plunder in a sack that never left his person, for fear that his comrades would steal it.
  3. (slang, dated) baggage; luggage

Translations


Dutch

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch plunder, further etymology unknown.

Alternative forms

  • plonder (obsolete)

Noun

plunder c (plural plunders, diminutive plundertje n)

  1. One's property, (collective) possessions,
    1. Notably furniture and other (mainly small) home inventory
Synonyms
Derived terms
  • plunderage
  • geplunderd (adjective)
  • plunderij
  • plunderbroek
  • plunderkamer m, f
  • plundermarkt m, f
  • plundermelk m, f
  • plunderzolder m
  • bedelaarsplunder ?m

Etymology 2

Verb

plunder

  1. first-person singular present indicative of plunderen
  2. imperative of plunderen