One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Violent seizure of prey or property; plunder.
plundering, plunder, looting, pillaging, robbing, robbery, raiding, ravaging, sacking, sack, ransacking, devastation, laying waste, wreckage, destruction, damageView synonyms
- ‘And like as they spring all from one root, so tend they all to one end: idly to live by rape and ravin, devouring the fruit of other men's labours.’
Middle English: from Old French ravine, from Latin rapina ‘pillage’ (see rapine).
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