n. The act of pillaging; robbery. That which is taken from another or others by open force, particularly and chiefly from enemies in war; plunder; spoil; booty.
Syn. - Plunder; rapine; spoil; depredation. - Pillage, Plunder. Pillage refers particularly to the act of stripping the sufferers of their goods, while plunder refers to the removal of the things thus taken; but the words are freely interchanged.
- vb. To strip of money or goods by open violence; to plunder; to spoil; to lay waste; as, to pillage the camp of an enemy.
- vb. To take spoil; to plunder; to ravage. The taking by violence of private property by a victorious army from the citizens or subjects of the enemy. This, in modern times, is seldom allowed, and then, only when authorized by the commander or chief officer, at the place where the pillage is committed. The property thus violently taken in general belongs to the common soldiers.