Rapine is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of rapine, followed by 34 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - the act of despoiling a country in warfare
EXAMPLES - Rapine in a Sentence
- These guys NEVER give up power and rapine abilities. (source)
- "They're after loot, rapine, and hostages," Gory's nurse said. (source)
- Much of the rapine, pillage and dirty dealing fall on the writers. (source)
- And deep inside, the money is racked ready for pillage, rapine, loot. (source)
- Murder, rapine, and bloodshed, now dance before their affrighted visions. (source)
- Eginhard's indignation at the "rapine" of this "nequissimus nebulo" is exquisitely droll. (source)
- Had the nomads been virtuous enough to deserve all the plunder and rapine they would take in Videssos? (source)
- Wellington was rigid; he gave orders that any one caught in the act should be shot; but rapine is tenacious. (source)
- We build more stately McMansions in walled suburbs while corporate rapine and military looting support the empire. (source)
- To robbery, butchery, and rapine, they give the lying name of "government"; they create a desolation and call it peace. (source)
- His was the lean ship, and his the seven other lean ships that had made the foray, fled the rapine, and won through the storm. (source)
- The king, while fully acknowledging Clive's services, thought him guilty of "rapine," and disapproved of his virtual acquittal. (source)
- Christians living under Muslim rule in the Levant were said to have been reduced to a state of 'slavery' by 'sword, rapine and flame'. (source)
- * One of ancient Rome's richest men, I discovered googling, was Marcus Linius Crassus, who achieved his wealth through 'fire and rapine.' (source)
- This will in the end be more merciful than those who, from excess of tenderness, allow disorders to arise and spring bloodshed and rapine. (source)
- By Heaven, but that I find in me a reluctance to practise their acts of nocturnal rapine, I would rather take the jack and lance, and join with the (source)
- I asked politely, meaning how did he come to depart his wonderful warm-blooded life of rapine and slaughter for the vampire edition of the same thing. (source)
- A presidential cabinet consisting of corporate lobbyists with ties to oil and weapons makers, but having no ambassadors or diplomats can only produce war and economic rapine. (source)
- To deny the power would be to deny the right of the state to disperse assemblages organized for sedition and treason, and the right to suppress armed mobs bent on riot and rapine. (source)
- For instance, I have always been witty; when I was a pupil of Gros, instead of daubing wretched little pictures, I passed my time in pilfering apples; rapin24 is the masculine of rapine. (source)
- Jodorowsky keeps a dual narrative -- the fate of Albino's mother and siblings -- spinning along as well, and this saga of piracy and rapine across the stars counterbalances the more cerebral plot. (source)
- Thomas Asbridge opens his book The First Crusade (2004) with this quote from Pope Urban II: A race absolutely alien to God has invaded the land of Christians, has reduced the people with sword, rapine and flame. (source)
- Not all the centuries of fitful contact between Dublin and Wales had been by way of invasion and rapine, a good many marriages had been made between the princedoms, and a fair measure of honest commerce been profitable to both parties. (source)
- The lion Richard will spare when he has conquered, the eagle Philip will close his wing when he has stricken a prey, even the Austrian bear will sleep when he is gorged; but this horde of ever-hungry wolves know neither pause nor satiety in their rapine. (source)
- They told him news that drifted from mouth to mouth -- a tale of war in the north, the skirl of war-pipes along the winding Wall, of gathering-fires in the heather, of flame and smoke and rapine and the glutting of Gaelic swords in the crimson sea of slaughter. (source)
- They come with the guilt of fresh sins warm upon their consciences, lifting up those hands in prayer that were lately busied in all kind of rapine and violence, and joining in it with those tongues that were not long before the instruments of railing, filth, and obscenity. (source)
- Had these men justly suffered their exile as licentious drones, the robbers, at once, and disgrace, of the busy hive? or had the hand of avarice and rapine expelled from the temple, not the ribalds who polluted, but the faithful priests who served the shrine in honour and fidelity? (source)
- This issue of arms and ammunition was a fatal mistake; Indian diplomacy had overreached Sully's experience, and even while the delivery was in progress a party of warriors had already begun a raid of murder and rapine, which for acts of devilish cruelty perhaps has no parallel in savage warfare. (source)
- The number of prisoners or criminals would be inadequate to the annual demand; but the common people are in a state of servitude to their lords; the exercise of fraud or rapine is unpunished in a lawless community; and the market is continually replenished by the abuse of civil and paternal authority. (source)
- Machiavelli claims "with a very few exceptions, he [the prince, or, a leader, in this writing] will be more merciful than those who, from excess of tenderness, allow disorders to arise, from whence spring bloodshed and rapine; for these as a rule injure the whole community, while the executions carried out by the prince injure only individuals." (source)
- It's a one-book explanation for the current move to the left in a growing number of Latin American countries, tracing a centuries-long history of rapine and plunder, of genocide and dictatorship, first at the hands of Spain, and more recently under the baleful influence of the US, which operated directly or by proxy to ensure that nothing would ever change. (source)
- Some overwrought scribe writes in The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle that their A.D. 793 raid on Lindisfarne monastery in northeast England (considered the start of the Viking age) "miserably afflicted the inhabitants" with "fiery dragons ... flying in the air" as "the heathen" engaged in "rapine and slaughter" -- and the world forgets that the Vikings spurred urban development in northern Europe. (source)
- "Along hundreds of miles of her border," he then warned darkly in a mammoth run-on sentence, "are scores of thousands of hardy fighters trained to war and rapine from their very birth, never for an instant forgetful of the soft wealth of India's plains, all of whom would descend to harry them tomorrow if they thought the venture safe, some of whom are determinedly at war with us even now." (source)
- If Cameron wanted realism, I suppose he could have instead depicted interminable sabotage, terrorism, and guerrilla warfare as the humans slowly but inevitably ate their way across the planet's surface, justifying the devastation by pointing out the brutality of their opponents while the Na'vi justified their brutality by pointing out the humans 'rapine use of resources and destruction of sacred sites. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 34 example sentences provided below is 43.0, which suggests that "rapine" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 2 synonyms for rapine.
We have 0 antonyms for rapine.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of rapine from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Forcible seizure of another's property; plunder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) The seizure of someone's property by force; plunder.
- (verb) To plunder.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The act of plundering; the seizing and carrying away of things by force; spoliation; pillage; plunder.
- (noun) Ravishment; rape.
- (verb-transitive) To plunder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) The violent seizure and carrying off of property; open plunder by armed or superior force, as in war or by invasion or raid.
- (noun) Violence; force; ravishment.
- (noun) Synonyms Plunder, spoliation, robbery, depredation. See pillage.
- (None) To plunder violently or by superior force.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) the act of despoiling a country in warfare