Synonyms of pillage in English:


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1‘the abbey was pillaged’


ransack, steal from, plunder, rob, raid, loot, rifle, sack

dispossess, strip, deprive, denude, devastate, lay waste, ravage, harry, maraud

literary despoil

archaic spoil, reave, rape

rare depredate, spoliate, forage

2‘windows and columns pillaged from a more ancient town’


steal, pilfer, thieve, rob, take, snatch, purloin, loot, rifle, abscond with, carry off

informal walk away with, walk off with, run away with, run off with, swipe, nab, rip off, lift, liberate, filch, snaffle, snitch

British informal pinch, half-inch, nick, whip, knock off, nobble, bone

North American informal heist, glom

Australian informal snavel

West Indian informal tief

archaic crib, hook, reave


1‘they believed the rebellious peasants to be intent on pillage’


robbery, robbing, raiding, pillaging, plunder, plundering, looting, sacking, sack, ransacking, ravaging, laying waste, devastation, depredation, rape, harrying, marauding

literary despoiling, rapine

archaic spoliation, reaving