rapine

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From Middle English and Old French, from Latin rapīna, from rapiō.

Noun[edit]

rapine (uncountable)

  1. The seizure of someone's property by force; pillage, plunder.
    • Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859)
      men who were impelled to war quite as much by the desire of rapine as by the desire of glory
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Avery Hopwood, The Bat, chapterI:
      The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a bat he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
    • 1951, Isaac Asimov, Foundation (1974 Panther Books Ltd publication), Part V: “The Merchant Princes”, Ch.10, pp.157–158:
      “You could join Wiscard’s remnants in the Red Stars. I don’t know, though, if you’d call that fighting or piracy. Or you could join our present gracious viceroy — gracious by right of murder, pillage, rapine, and the word of a boy Emperor, since rightfully assassinated.”
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

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  • The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition (2000).

Verb[edit]

rapine (third-person singular simple present rapines, present participle rapining, simple past and past participle rapined)

  1. To plunder.
    • Sir G. Buck, Hist. Richard III:
      A Tyrant doth not only rapine his Subjects, but spoils and robs Churches.

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rapine f

  1. plural of rapina

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