[muh-raw-ding] /məˈrɔ dɪŋ/

engaged in raiding for plunder, especially roaming about and ravaging an area:
marauding bands of outlaws.
undertaken for plunder:
a marauding raid.
[muh-rawd] /məˈrɔd/
verb (used without object)
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)
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 .
wandering or raiding in search of plunder or victims
to wander or raid in search of plunder
an archaic word for foray

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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