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plunder (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.; compare Modern German Plunder "lumber, trash"), which is related to Middle Dutch plunder "household goods;" Frisian and Dutch plunje "clothes." A word said to have been 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."

plunder (n.)

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

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Definitions of plunder from WordNet
1
plunder (v.)
take illegally; of intellectual property;
This writer plundered from famous authors
Synonyms: loot
plunder (v.)
plunder (a town) after capture;
Synonyms: sack
plunder (v.)
steal goods; take as spoils;
Synonyms: despoil / loot / reave / strip / rifle / ransack / pillage / foray
plunder (v.)
destroy and strip of its possession;
Synonyms: rape / spoil / despoil / violate
2
plunder (n.)
goods or money obtained illegally;
Synonyms: loot / booty / pillage / prize / swag / dirty money
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