Meaning of pillage

pil•lage

Pronunciation: (pil'ij), [key]
— v., n. -laged, -lag•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to strip ruthlessly of money or goods by open violence, as in war; plunder: The barbarians pillaged every conquered city.
  2. to take as booty.
—v.i.
  1. to rob with open violence; take booty: Soldiers roamed the countryside, pillaging and killing.
—n.
  1. the act of plundering, esp. in war.
  2. booty or spoil.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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