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maraud

[muh-rawd]
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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to raid for plunder (often used passively): At the war's end the country had been marauded by returning bands of soldiers.
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noun
  1. Archaic. the act of marauding.
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Origin of maraud

1705–15; < French marauder, derivative of maraud rogue, vagabond, Middle French, perhaps identical with dial. maraud tomcat, of expressive orig.
Related formsma·raud·er, noun

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Related Words

bandit, looter, robber, outlaw, thief, plunderer, corsair, buccaneer, pirate, freebooter, ravager

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British Dictionary definitions for marauder

maraud

verb
  1. to wander or raid in search of plunder
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noun
  1. an archaic word for foray
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Derived Formsmarauder, noun

Word Origin

C18: from French marauder to prowl, from maraud vagabond
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Word Origin and History for marauder

n.

1690s, agent noun from maraud (v.).

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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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