• IPA: /ˈpɪl.ɪdʒ/, /ˈpɪl.ədʒ/

pillage (pillages, present participle pillaging; past and past participle pillaged)

  1. (ambitransitive) To loot or plunder by force, especially in time of war.
    • 1911, Sabine Baring-Gould, Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe, Chapter VI: Cliff Castles—Continued,
      Archibald V. (1361-1397) was Count of Perigord. He was nominally under the lilies [France], but he pillaged indiscriminately in his county.
Translations Noun


  1. The spoils of war.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      Which pillage they with merry march bring home.
  2. The act of pillaging.
    • 2013, Zoë Marriage, Formal Peace and Informal War: Security and Development in Congo
      An employee at a brewery in Kinshasa rated the aftermath as more catastrophic to the company than the direct violence: It was more the consequences of the pillages that hit Bracongo – the poverty of the people, our friends who buy beer.
  • (spoils of war) seeSynonyms en
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