Meaning of rapine in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrapʌɪn/ /ˈrapɪn/

Translate rapine into Spanish


mass nounliterary
  • The violent seizure of someone's property.

    ‘the fruits of violence and rapine’
    • ‘industrial rapine’
    • ‘Plunder and rapine made her rich, and her oppression of millions made her great.’
    • ‘Plunder and rapine were a way of life and no man trusted his brother.’
    • ‘Three weeks of rapine, slaughter and plunder were sufficient to anger the king and the emperor, who entered into negotiations with each other.’
    • ‘Jocko told of the buccaneer's career from his first act of rapine and plunder to that island that saw his chests of stuffs and treasures ripped open and scattered on the sands.’
    • ‘The harbour had to be cleared in advance of the resumption of sea-freight, and the Republique desperately needed the recycled steel after five years of Nazi rapine.’
    plundering, plunder, looting, pillaging, robbing, robbery, raiding, ravaging, sacking, sack, ransacking, devastation, laying waste, wreckage, destruction, damage


Late Middle English from Old French, or from Latin rapina, from rapere ‘seize’.