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I've seen looting around the world and thought I knew the best looters in the world. The Iraqis excel at that.
David Kay

Meaning of "looting" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF LOOTING

looting  [ˈluːtɪŋ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LOOTING

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Looting is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES LOOTING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

looting

Looting

Looting, also referred to as sacking, plundering, despoiling, despoliation, and pillaging, is the indiscriminate taking of goods by force as part of a military or political victory, or during a catastrophe, such as war, natural disaster, or rioting. The term is also used in a broader sense to describe egregious instances of theft and embezzlement, such as the "plundering" of private or public assets by corrupt or greedy authorities. Looting is loosely distinguished from scavenging in terms of objects taken: scavenging implies taking of essential items such as food, water, shelter, or other material needed for survival while looting implies items of luxury or not necessary for survival such as art work, precious metals or other valuables. The proceeds of all these activities can be described as loot, plunder, spoils, or pillage.

Definition of looting in the English dictionary

The definition of looting in the dictionary is stealing from shops or houses during a war or riot.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH LOOTING


biocomputing
ˌbaɪəʊˌkəmˈpjuːtɪŋ
bruting
ˈbruːtɪŋ
commuting
kəˈmjuːtɪŋ
computing
kəmˈpjuːtɪŋ
fluting
ˈfluːtɪŋ
highfaluting
ˌhaɪfəˈluːtɪŋ
luting
ˈluːtɪŋ
microcomputing
ˈmaɪkrəʊkəmˈpjuːtɪŋ
neurocomputing
ˌnjʊərəʊkəmˈpjuːtɪŋ
nonpolluting
ˌnɒnpəˈluːtɪŋ
parachuting
ˈpærəʃuːtɪŋ
prosecuting
ˈprɒsɪˌkjuːtɪŋ
recruiting
rɪˈkruːtɪŋ
sharpshooting
ˈʃɑːpˌʃuːtɪŋ
shooting
ˈʃuːtɪŋ
suiting
ˈsuːtɪŋ
supercomputing
ˌsuːpəkəmˈpjuːtɪŋ
telecommuting
ˈtɛlɪkəˌmjuːtɪŋ
trapshooting
ˈtræpˌʃuːtɪŋ
troubleshooting
ˈtrʌbəlʃuːtɪŋ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LOOTING

loose-leaf binder
loose-leafed
loose-limbed
loose-tongued
loose-weave
loosebox
loosely
loosely-knit
loosen
loosener
looseness
loosening
loosestrife
loosie
loosies
loosing
loot
looted
looter
looyenwork

WORDS THAT END LIKE LOOTING

absentee voting
accounting
balloting
clay-pigeon shooting
cumulative voting
doting
drive-by shooting
duck shooting
e-voting
footing
gun-toting
nonvoting
pigeon shooting
piloting
pussyfooting
rioting
skeet shooting
sooting
voting
wainscoting
war footing

Synonyms and antonyms of looting in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «LOOTING»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «looting» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of looting
booty · despoil · goods · haul · pillage · plunder · prize · raid · ransack · ravage · rifle · rob · sack · spoils · swag

Translation of «looting» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LOOTING

Find out the translation of looting to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of looting from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «looting» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

抢劫
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

saqueos
570 millions of speakers

English

looting
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

लूटपाट
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

النهب
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

грабежи
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pilhagens
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

লুটপাট
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pillage
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Merompak
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Plünderung
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

略奪
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

약탈
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Looting
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sự ăn trộm
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சூறையாடல்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

लूट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yağma
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

saccheggio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

grabież
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

грабежі
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

jafurile
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

λεηλασίες
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

plundering
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

plundring
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

plyndring
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of looting

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LOOTING»

The term «looting» is quite widely used and occupies the 40.389 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LOOTING» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «looting» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «looting» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about looting

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5 QUOTES WITH «LOOTING»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word looting.
1
David Cameron
Let me completely condemn these sickening scenes; scenes of looting, scenes of vandalism, scenes of thieving, scenes of people attacking police, of people even attacking firefighters. This is criminality pure and simple and it has to be confronted.
2
Rory Cochrane
I remember when I was in Los Angeles, and there was one of the very big earthquakes, and it was just absolute pandemonium. I mean the streets were just - people were crashing into each other, people were looting, in just a very short amount of time.
3
David Kay
I've seen looting around the world and thought I knew the best looters in the world. The Iraqis excel at that.
4
Michael Palin
I want people to know there is more to Somalia than looting and piracy.
5
John Spratt
Since the Pentagon underestimated the number of troops required after the end of hostilities, we were not prepared to prevent looting or to guard hundreds of weapons dumps spread throughout the country.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LOOTING»

Discover the use of looting in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to looting and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation
Without overstressing the "mistakes" of such elites, this book contextualises Africa's wealth outflow within a stagnant but volatile world economy.
Patrick Bond, 2006
2
Godfather of the Kremlin: Boris Berezovsky and the looting ...
Chronicles the life of the head of one of Moscow's gangster families, who financed the reelection of Boris Yeltsin and became one of his key advisors.
Paul Klebnikov, 2000
3
The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy ...
And what can we do to get our money back? In this page-turning narrative (no background in finance required) Leopold tells the story of how we fell victim to Wall Street's exotic financial products.
Les Leopold, 2009
4
Allied Looting in World War II: Thefts of Art, Manuscripts, ...
"This text addresses the often-overlooked practice of Allied looting. This book follows the journey of the Hungarian Crown Treasure from muddy oil drum in Austria to Fort Knox and back to Austria.
Kenneth D. Alford, 2011
5
Hermann Goring and the Nazi Art Collection: The Looting of ...
This work explores the history and formation of the Nazi art collection and the methods used by Hermann Göring and his party to strip occupied Europe of a large part of its artistic heritage"--Provided by publisher.
Kenneth D. Alford, 2012
6
History's Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the ...
In this penetrating book, Sean McMeekin draws on previously undiscovered materials from the Soviet Ministry of Finance and other European and American archives to expose some of the darkest secrets of Russia's early days of communism.
Sean McMeekin, 2008
7
Looting Spiro Mounds: An American King Tut's Tomb
Author raises questions about the looting of the lost Indian burial crypt in Le Flore Co OK in 1935.
David La Vere, 2007
8
Inside job: the looting of America's savings and loans
Outlines the reasons for the crisis in the savings and loan industry and discusses what deregulation could mean for the rest of the banking industry
Stephen Pizzo, Mary Fricker, Paul Muolo, 1991
9
Looting of Bones in the Teutoburg Forest
The catastrophe was a terrible one. The Romans suffered many fatalities, but the Germans simply weren't visible. This book describes which routes the Romans took, where the battle occured and what must have taken place."--P. 4 of cover.
Annette Panhorst, 2010
10
Looting: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
Familiar Quotations LootingEven a band of angels can turn ugly and start looting if enough angels are unemployed and hanging around the Pearly Gates convinced that all the succubi own all the liquor stores in Heaven.ndash;P. J. O ...
‎2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LOOTING»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term looting is used in the context of the following news items.
1
$1/2 Million Woman: Worker Jailed For Allegedly Looting $500K …
$1/2 Million Woman: Worker Jailed For Allegedly Looting $500K From Beauty Products Biz. The woman's bond was set at $500,000. By Joseph ... «Patch.com, Jul 15»
2
Thieving bookkeeper jailed for looting struggling Exeter heating firm
A crooked bookkeeper has been jailed for looting £26,000 from a struggling Exeter plumbing firm which was forced to lay off staff because of ... «Exeter Express and Echo, Jul 15»
3
SA Paribahan accuses BGB of looting - Prothom Alo
SA Paribahan courier service has accused some Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) members for being involved in looting their parcels. «Prothom Alo, Jul 15»
4
3 Held For Looting Migrants - The New Indian Express
KOLLAM:Three persons were arrested for looting migrant labourers at Paripally. The arrested have been identified as Sujith, 24, ... «The New Indian Express, Jul 15»
5
allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Investigations of Mega Looting Must Continue …
Nigeria: Investigations of Mega Looting Must Continue, but Must Be Lawful. tweet. share. Google+. comment. email · more. opinion. By Jibrin ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
6
Looting represents second-largest cash source for 'IS'
Ancient statues, jewelry or coins: when 'Islamic State' militants aren't destroying priceless works of art, they are selling them to fund terrorism. «Deutsche Welle, Jul 15»
7
Reports of looting at burned down home in Arroyo Grande - KSBY.com
The house and care-facility next door are both a total loss, but on Friday the homeowner's granddaughter said people have been looting the house at night. «KSBY San Luis Obispo News, Jul 15»
8
The Global Land Grab: International Aid – A Smokescreen for …
The Global Land Grab: International Aid – A Smokescreen for Multinationals Looting Nations' Wealth. Giving With One Hand And Taking ... «Center for Research on Globalization, Jul 15»
9
Looting frenzy at PSMI exposed
A LOOTING frenzy has engulfed Premier Services Medical Investments (PSMI), a subsidiary of Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas), ... «Zimbabwe Independent, Jul 15»
10
MH17 anniversary: Australian minister 'sickened' by looting footage
MH17 anniversary: Australian minister 'sickened' by looting footage. Last updated 14:57, July 17 2015. A year after MH17 was downed in eastern Ukraine, ... «Stuff.co.nz, Jul 15»

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