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Word of the Day
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Definitions for foray

  1. a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunder: Vikings made a foray on the port.
  2. a quick, sudden attack: The defenders made a foray outside the walls.
  3. an initial venture: a successful foray into politics.

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Citations for foray
Having the true baronial spirit of the good old feudal times, they are apt now and then to issue forth from their castles on a foray, and lay the plebeian fields of the neighboring country under contribution… Washington Irving, Bracebridge Hall, or, The Humorists, 1821
Peter Sissen took out his penlight and made a shallow foray into the dining room, coming back to say, “One of them is still downstairs…" Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides, 1993
Origin of foray
Foray entered English in the late 14th century. It shares its roots with the term forage.