- engaged in raiding for plunder, especially roaming about and ravaging an area: marauding bands of outlaws.
- undertaken for plunder: a marauding raid.
Origin of marauding
- to roam or go around in quest of plunder; make a raid for booty: Freebooters were marauding all across the territory.
- 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.
Origin of maraud
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Examples from the Web for marauding
His work also provides a graphic account of injured females who were assaulted by marauding “gangs” of Adélie males.Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life
November 26, 2014
The marauding, man-eating Titans are mutated, androgynous beasts that have no need to feed but love to kill.This Author Kills More Darlings Than George R.R. Martin
September 24, 2014
The original Russian state, “Old Russia,” was established at Novgorod in A.D. 862 by marauding Vikings.Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself
P. J. O’Rourke
May 11, 2014
Thousands perished en route to safer shores or fell prey to marauding pirates.Remembering the Fall of Saigon and Vietnam’s Mass ‘Boat People’ Exodus
April 30, 2014
But to stop a marauding militia that has kidnapped tens of thousands of kids over decades, a more potent force is required.Child Soldiers—Where Is the Help?
John Prendergast, Ashley Benner
September 23, 2011
Marauding bands were wandering every where, and no man dwelt in safety.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
They simply could not say a word, for marauding was punishable with death.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
This precaution was taken to protect the cache from marauding animals.The Gaunt Gray Wolf
And do you call this midnight assembly of marauding savages a review?Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Is he flesh and blood, and responsible for the marauding thefts in the neighborhood?'Smiles'
Eliot H. Robinson
- wandering or raiding in search of plunder or victims
- to wander or raid in search of plunder
- an archaic word for foray
Word Origin and History for marauding
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.