One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The violent seizure of someone's property.‘the fruits of violence and rapine’‘industrial rapine’
plundering, plunder, looting, pillaging, robbing, robbery, raiding, ravaging, sacking, sack, ransacking, devastation, laying waste, wreckage, destruction, damageView synonyms
- ‘Three weeks of rapine, slaughter and plunder were sufficient to anger the king and the emperor, who entered into negotiations with each other.’
- ‘Plunder and rapine were a way of life and no man trusted his brother.’
- ‘Plunder and rapine made her rich, and her oppression of millions made her great.’
- ‘The harbour had to be cleared in advance of the resumption of sea-freight, and the Republique desperately needed the recycled steel after five years of Nazi rapine.’
- ‘Jocko told of the buccaneer's career from his first act of rapine and plunder to that island that saw his chests of stuffs and treasures ripped open and scattered on the sands.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin rapina, from rapere ‘seize’.
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