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maraud

[muh-rawd] /məˈrɔd/
verb (used without object)
1.
to roam or go around in quest of plunder; make a raid for booty:
Freebooters were marauding all across the territory.
verb (used with object)
2.
to raid for plunder (often used passively):
At the war's end the country had been marauded by returning bands of soldiers.
noun
3.
Archaic. the act of marauding.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < French marauder, derivative of maraud rogue, vagabond, Middle French, perhaps identical with dial. maraud tomcat, of expressive orig.
Related forms
marauder, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. invade, attack; ravage, harry.
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British Dictionary definitions for maraud

maraud

/məˈrɔːd/
verb
1.
to wander or raid in search of plunder
noun
2.
an archaic word for foray
Derived Forms
marauder, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French marauder to prowl, from maraud vagabond
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Word Origin and History for maraud
v.

1690s, from French marauder (17c.), from Middle French maraud "rascal" (15c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from French dialectal maraud "tomcat," echoic of its cry. A word popularized in several languages during the Thirty Years War (cf. Spanish merodear, German marodiren "to maraud," marodebruder "straggler, deserter") by punning association with Count Mérode, imperialist general. Related: Marauded; marauding.

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