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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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  • 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

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 marauders

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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