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PLUNDER

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 856 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PLUNDER, to rob, to pillage, especially in war. The word came into English usage directly from Ger. plundern (derived from a substantive Plunder meaning " household stuff," bed-clothes, clothing, &c.), particularly with reference to the pillaging of the Thirty Years' War. Thomas May (History"'of the Long Parliament, 1647; quoted in the New English Dictionary) says: " Many Tonnes and Villages he (Prince Rupert) plundered, which is to say robb'd, for at that time first was the word plunder used in England, being borne in Germany." The New English Dictionary's earliest quotation is from the Swedish Intelligencer (1632).
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