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plunder

verb uk   /ˈplʌn.dər/ us    /-dɚ/
[I or T] to steal goods violently from a place, especially during a war: After the president fled the country, the palace was plundered by soldiers. Tragically, the graves were plundered and the contents scattered. [T] to steal or remove something precious from something, in a way that does not consider moral laws or is more severe than it need be: Someone has been plundering funds from the company. The future of our planet is in danger if we continue to plunder it as we do.
plunderer
noun [C] uk   /r/ us    //

plunder

noun [U] uk   /ˈplʌn.dər/ us    /-dɚ/
an occasion when goods are stolen from a place, especially violently or during a war, or these stolen goods: Residents in the villages under attack have been unable to protect their homes from plunder. The thieves hid their plunder in the woodshed. a situation in which something is taken in a way that is not morally right or is too extreme: We need to put a stop to the plunder of the rain forest.
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