Plunderer



[pluhn-der] /ˈplʌn dər/

verb (used with object)
1.
to rob of goods or valuables by open force, as in war, hostile raids, brigandage, etc.:
to plunder a town.
2.
to rob, despoil, or fleece:
to plunder the public treasury.
3.
to take wrongfully, as by pillage, robbery, or fraud:
to plunder a piece of property.
verb (used without object)
4.
to take plunder; pillage.
noun
5.
plundering, pillage, or spoliation.
6.
that which is taken in plundering; loot.
7.
anything taken by robbery, theft, or fraud.
/ˈplʌndə/
verb
1.
to steal (valuables, goods, sacred items, etc) from (a town, church, etc) by force, esp in time of war; loot
2.
(transitive) to rob or steal (choice or desirable things) from (a place): to plunder an orchard
noun
3.
anything taken by plundering or theft; booty
4.
the act of plundering; pillage
v.

1630s, from German plündern, from Middle High German plunderen “to plunder,” originally “to take away household furniture,” from plunder (n.) “household goods, clothes,” also “lumber, baggage” (14c.; cf. Modern German Plunder “lumber, trash”), which is related to Middle Dutch plunder “household goods;” Frisian and Dutch plunje “clothes.” A word acquired by English via the Thirty Years War and applied in native use after the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642. Related: Plundered; plundering. Plunderbund was a U.S. colloquial word from 1914 referring to “a corrupt alliance of corporate and financial interests,” with German Bund “alliance, league.”
n.

“goods taken by force; act of plundering,” 1640s, from plunder (v.).

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