The original Russian state, “Old Russia,” was established at Novgorod in A.D. 862 by marauding Vikings.
During Reconstruction, politicians and marauding citizen militias imposed segregation on post-slavery South.
But to stop a marauding militia that has kidnapped tens of thousands of kids over decades, a more potent force is required.
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.