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They were robbing him, the zouaves and chasseurs were plundering his house.

There should be no plundering, no irregularity, no disregard of general orders.

No tale of modern corruption can surpass the record of their plundering of a nation.

"The plundering was shameful," says Lieutenant Barker indignantly.

They should have wasted no time in killing tradesmen and plundering their shops.

"You trot along out of this plundering mess," ordered the courier.

Everything showed that they came for the purpose of feasting and not for plundering.

One year he is making a raid into Macedonia and Thessaly and plundering Larissa.

No, but we should be encouraging the Baggara to go on plundering if we ate these things.

They are wandering about harassing villages, plundering, and making slaves.

WORD ORIGIN

1630s, from German plündern, from Middle High German plunderen "to plunder," originally "to take away household furniture," from plunder (n.) "household goods, clothes," also "lumber, baggage" (14c.; cf. Modern German Plunder "lumber, trash"), which is related to Middle Dutch plunder "household goods;" Frisian and Dutch plunje "clothes." A word acquired by English via the Thirty Years War and applied in native use after the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642. Related: Plundered; plundering. Plunderbund was a U.S. colloquial word from 1914 referring to "a corrupt alliance of corporate and financial interests," with German Bund "alliance, league."

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