maraud

[muh-rawd]
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:
1705–15; < French marauder, derivative of maraud rogue, vagabond, Middle French, perhaps identical with dial. maraud tomcat, of expressive orig.

marauder, noun


1, 2. invade, attack; ravage, harry.
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maraud (məˈrɔːd)
 
vb
1.  to wander or raid in search of plunder
 
n
2.  an archaic word for foray
 
[C18: from French marauder to prowl, from maraud vagabond]
 
ma'rauder
 
n

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maraud
1690s, from Fr. marauder, from M.Fr. maraud "rascal," probably from Fr. dial. maraud "tomcat," echoic of its cry. A word popularized during the Thirty Years War (cf. Sp. merodear, Ger. marodiren "to maraud," marodebruder "straggler, deserter") by punning association with Count Mérode, imperialist
general. Related: Marauder; marauding.
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Example sentences
It has been suggested that the marauder may be a skunk, groundhog or chow.
Pete finds himself in the middle of the action, eventually unmasking the marauder and returning the theater to normal.
Once inside, the tiny marauder infiltrates the cells and sheds its protective protein coat.
The marauder had chewed several smaller branches and broken off two or three larger ones.
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