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[muh-rawd] /məˈrɔd/
verb (used without object)
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)
to raid for plunder (often used passively):
At the war's end the country had been marauded by returning bands of soldiers.
Archaic. the act of marauding.
1705-15; < French marauder, derivative of maraud rogue, vagabond, Middle French, perhaps identical with dial. maraud tomcat, of expressive orig.
Related forms
marauder, noun
1, 2. invade, attack; ravage, harry. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • If marauders still come after them, switch to less expensive goldfish.
  • Our cities once were fortresses, the walled sanctums where our ancestors sought refuge from marauders.
  • Two noted marauders, by whose depredations the public ways were infested.
  • In return, the natives were to serve as lookouts for coastal marauders.
  • Private armies and roving marauders were outlawed long ago for reasons that appear valid today.
  • Buses idled, waiting to transport would-be marauders.
British Dictionary definitions for marauders


to wander or raid in search of plunder
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 marauders



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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