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
And fishermen continue to curse the marauders that gut their quarry, leaving nothing to reel in but lips and gills.
The problem is the entrenched power of poachers and other marauders in the game parks.
Today these marauders mainly flourish by trafficking in narcotics.
Some of the property is recaptured from time to time by our troops and the marauders put to flight.
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