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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Ransack \Ran"sack\ (r[a^]n"s[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Ransacked (-s[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Ransacking.] [OE.
ransaken, Icel. rannsaka to explore, examine; rann a house
(akin to Goth. razn house, AS. r[ae]sn plank, beam) + the
root of s[ae]kja to seek, akin to E. seek. See Seek, and
cf. Rest repose.]
1. To search thoroughly; to search every place or part of;
as, to ransack a house.
To ransack every corner of their . . . hearts.
2. To plunder; to pillage completely.
Their vow is made
To ransack Troy. --Shak.
3. To violate; to ravish; to defiour. [Obs.]
Rich spoil of ransacked chastity. --Spenser.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: wrongfully emptied or stripped of anything of value; "the
robbers left the looted train"; "people returned to the
plundered village" [syn: looted, pillaged,
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