plunder

Plunder can mean stolen goods or money obtained illegally, or the act of taking those things. A burglar might plunder a jewelry store and then sneak off with her plunder.

Plunder is an old Middle High German word that originally meant "household goods and clothes": in other words, your stuff. During the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648), English speakers acquired this word while fighting in the land that is today Germany, but with the added meaning of taking the plunder as, well, plunder. As both a noun and verb, a synonym for plunder is loot.

Definitions of plunder
1

v steal goods; take as spoils

Synonyms:
despoil, foray, loot, pillage, ransack, reave, rifle, strip
Types:
deplume, displume
strip of honors, possessions, or attributes
Type of:
take
take by force

v take illegally; of intellectual property

“This writer plundered from famous authors”
Synonyms:
loot
Type of:
steal
take without the owner's consent

v plunder (a town) after capture

Synonyms:
sack
Type of:
take
take by force

v destroy and strip of its possession

Synonyms:
despoil, rape, spoil, violate
Type of:
destroy, ruin
destroy completely; damage irreparably

n goods or money obtained illegally

Synonyms:
booty, dirty money, loot, pillage, prize, swag
Type of:
stolen property
property that has been stolen

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