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Definition of plunder noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    plunder

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈplʌndə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈplʌndər//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1the act of plundering an act of plunder
  2. 2things that have been stolen, especially during a war, etc. The army returned loaded down with plunder.
  3. compare pillage
    Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from German plündern, literally ‘rob of household goods’, from Middle High German plunder ‘household effects’. Early use of the verb was with reference to the Thirty Years War (reflecting German usage); on the outbreak of the Civil War in 1642, the word and activity were associated with the forces under Prince Rupert.
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