marauding

[muh-raw-ding]
adjective
1.
engaged in raiding for plunder, especially roaming about and ravaging an area: marauding bands of outlaws.
2.
undertaken for plunder: a marauding raid.

Origin:
1745–55; maraud + -ing2

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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

marauding (məˈrɔːdɪŋ)
 
adj
wandering or raiding in search of plunder or victims

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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 is supposed that the party was intended for a marauding excursion.
Once afflicted by marauding gangs, it is now much safer.
Against the breathless claim of marauding aliens there are sounder
  possibilities grounded in current science.
To keep the koi safe from marauding raccoons and great blue herons, the pond
  has steep sides and hiding places for the fish.
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