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’
    • ‘Like most merchant houses, Yin Yu Tang was built to discourage attacks by marauding bandits and soldiers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A shotgun blast from one of the officers put an end to the dog's marauding.’
    • ‘In it, a Sami village is attacked by a marauding tribe from the east called the Tjudes.’
    • ‘At least twice the marauding Anglo-Burgundian battalions had attacked Joan's village before her departure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gangs of marauding teenagers descend on the town at weekends and often become involved in criminal activity while drunk.’
    • ‘So if someone decides to violate the Treaty and start marauding around the Moon, who will stop them?’
    • ‘The river has survived so far the marauding sand miners and the polluters.’
    • ‘A gang of youths who marauded through a railway station robbing schoolchildren, were spared jail so they could ‘preserve their futures.’’
    • ‘This marauding gang moved through the streets stabbing people at random.’
    • ‘It also provided protection from marauding northern barbarian tribes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When night falls and security wanes, the janjaweed militias come marauding through the camps and attack the women.’
    • ‘Following complaints from villagers that the sheep were marauding through their gardens, metal road grids were installed as a deterrent.’
    • ‘That'll teach those spindly creepsters to come marauding round my neck of the woods.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’.