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Etymology edit

From Old French pillage, from piller (plunder), from an unattested meaning of Late Latin piliō, probably a figurative use of Latin pilō (I remove (hair)), from pilus (hair).

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pillage (third-person singular simple present pillages, present participle pillaging, simple past and past participle pillaged)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To loot or plunder by force, especially in time of war.

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pillage (countable and uncountable, plural pillages)

  1. The spoils of war.
  2. The act of pillaging.
    • 2013, Zoë Marriage, Formal Peace and Informal War: Security and Development in Congo:
      An employee at a brewery in Kinshasa rated the aftermath as more catastrophic to the company than the direct violence: It was more the consequences of the pillages that hit Bracongo – the poverty of the people, our friends who buy beer.

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French edit

Etymology edit

From piller +‎ -age.

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Noun edit

pillage m (plural pillages)

  1. pillage

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Norman edit

Etymology edit

From Old French pillage.

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pillage m (plural pillages)

  1. (Jersey) looting

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pillage oblique singularm (oblique plural pillages, nominative singular pillages, nominative plural pillage)

  1. pillaging

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  • English: pillage