looting looting  /ˈlu tɪŋ/


  • (n) plundering during riots or in wartime


  1. Already in perpetual fiscal crisis the city was plunged into a 25-hour blackout on July 13 that saw massive looting and arson.
  2. The looting has subsided, partly because there is nothing left to take.
  3. Malay mobs, wearing white headbands signifying an alliance with death, and brandishing swords and daggers, surged into Chinese areas in the capital, burning, looting and killing.


  1. We only sell real thing, Egyptian grave-robbing family boasts

    By Betsy Hiel, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Looting is an open secret in the village of Abu Sir al Malaq. Policemen quietly debate the depth of some emptied tombs. Villagers driving on ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Mckeesport Daily News

  2. 2 dozen-plus arrested on looting complaints in Moore

    More than two dozen people are facing charges after they were arrested on complaints of looting.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: KOCO 5 Oklahoma City

  3. Looting arrests after May tornado reach 17 in Oklahoma city

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Officials in tornado-stricken Oklahoma cities are now dealing with looters who are stealing items ranging from copper wire to jewelry. Moore police spokesman Jeremy Lewis and Mayor Glenn Lewis said 17 arrests have been made on misdemeanor charges of looting in Moore since the May 20 EF5 tornado hit. "We are seeing people take everything from copper to ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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  1. "When a company pays funds that the company effectively doesn't have, it's akin to a looting of a company," Cuomo said. "You could argue if the taxpayers didn't bail out AIG, those contracts wouldn't be worth the paper it's printed on."
    on Mar 16, 2009 By: Andrew Cuomo Source: ABC News

  2. "I most sharply condemn the violence, looting and arson," Tadic said in a statement. "There is no excuse for the violence. Nobody can justify what happened yesterday."
    on Feb 22, 2008 By: Boris Tadic Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. Actor Mike Myers struggles to assert control as rapper Kanye West says to camera: "I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it says, They're looting."
    on Sep 4, 2005 By: Kanye West Source: The Age

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