Definition of maraud in English:



[no object]
  • 1Go about in search of things to steal or people to attack.

    ‘war parties crossed the river to maraud’
    • ‘When night falls and security wanes, the janjaweed militias come marauding through the camps and attack the women.’
    • ‘That's the philosophy of the ‘dacoit ‘bandits who maraud across India's impoverished northern plains.’
    • ‘For many, it's a no-go area, where the chances are you'll be beaten up or worse by marauding gangs.’
    • ‘In it, a Sami village is attacked by a marauding tribe from the east called the Tjudes.’
    • ‘That'll teach those spindly creepsters to come marauding round my neck of the woods.’
    • ‘Gangs of marauding teenagers descend on the town at weekends and often become involved in criminal activity while drunk.’
    • ‘The river has survived so far the marauding sand miners and the polluters.’
    • ‘So if someone decides to violate the Treaty and start marauding around the Moon, who will stop them?’
    • ‘The attack on a defenceless, disabled man by a marauding youth is yet more proof that the streets of Bolton are becoming an unsafe environment for vulnerable people.’
    • ‘A gang of youths who marauded through a railway station robbing schoolchildren, were spared jail so they could ‘preserve their futures.’’
    • ‘It also provided protection from marauding northern barbarian tribes.’
    • ‘Windows at the Bay Horse in Lee Lane, Horwich, were smashed, along with glasses and furniture inside as about 40 youths - believed to be Wigan fans - marauded through the town centre.’
    • ‘At least twice the marauding Anglo-Burgundian battalions had attacked Joan's village before her departure.’
    • ‘This marauding gang moved through the streets stabbing people at random.’
    • ‘Sheep have been attacked by marauding dogs in the Bushfield and Davros area in recent times.’
    • ‘A gang of marauding youngsters terrorised parish councillors by flinging a brick at the window of their meeting room and trying to force their way in through a fire door.’
    • ‘In its favour, there is some genuine tension in the car chase sequences, and the marauding gangs of children seem not only authentic but realistically threatening.’
    • ‘Like most merchant houses, Yin Yu Tang was built to discourage attacks by marauding bandits and soldiers.’
    • ‘Following complaints from villagers that the sheep were marauding through their gardens, metal road grids were installed as a deterrent.’
    • ‘A shotgun blast from one of the officers put an end to the dog's marauding.’
    predatory, rapacious, thieving, vulturine, plundering, pillaging, looting, freebooting, piratical
    plunder, go looting, go pillaging, foray, raid, ravage, harry, go on forays, go on raids, freeboot
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    1. 1.1with object Raid and plunder (a place)
      ‘rapacious bluefish marauded the crab pots’
      • ‘Last week, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said that the Sudanese government has not done nearly enough to protect its citizens against armed militias that continue to maraud Darfur, a region of western Sudan the size of France.’
      • ‘They went out and joined other soldiers fussing in the streets, marauding the city.’
      • ‘All the royal baggage and crown jewels and ordnance were captured and the Scots marauded the area from Boroughbridge to Beverley, demanding heavy fines or pillage.’
      • ‘Ten years of marauding the high seas had left him with a ruthless look in his gem-green eyes.’
      • ‘The 10-15 year old soldiers maraud the countryside raping, killing, torturing and burning people out of their homes.’
      plunder, go looting, go pillaging, foray, raid, ravage, harry, go on forays, go on raids, freeboot
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Late 17th century: from French marauder, from maraud ‘rogue’.