Definitions

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  • n. Someone who moves about in roving fashion looking for plunder. (e.g. a band of marauders)
  • n. A band of outlaws who raid and pillage.
  • n. By extension anything which marauds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rover in quest of booty or plunder; a plunderer; one who pillages.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who marauds; a rover in quest of booty or plunder; a plunderer; especially, one of a number of soldiers or of an organized band engaged in spoliation.
  • n. Synonyms Freebooter, etc. See robber.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who attacks in search of booty

Etymologies

Old French marault: a vagabond through French. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She had been out-manoeuvred and out-run, to say nothing of her having been unceremoniously tumbled in the gravel, and her arrival was like that of a tornado — made up of offended dignity, justifiable wrath, and instinctive hatred for this marauder from the Wild.

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  • It was a faithful likeness of the movie poster for Jurassic Park, with that distinctive script spelling out "When lizards ruled the earth", but instead of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the marauder was a massive fanged gecko looking for something to devour.

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  • He was called a marauder, a cat burglar and the artful dodger, and, to quote him, he says at one point, the more exuberant members of the party opposite have for some years, at elections at any rate, been accustomed to salute me by the expression ` murderer 'and from that point of view,' robber 'is sort of a promotion.

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  • This marauder was a Tartar, who had been a soldier and deserted.

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  • For his dissertation, he studied Pheidologeton, commonly known as marauder ants, under the Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist E.O. Wilson.

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  • This time, the marauder was a relatively young fox - and no match for the new cockerel Dude and his hens Izzy, Pongo and Pecky.

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  • "marauder," from writing about a personage whom Stubbs might have written about, though he had not.

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  • Even telling her I had an agent already did not seem to dispel the impression I had obviously created of being an unpublished marauder, a kind of intellectual would-be mugger.

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  • White Fang was to her a wolf, the hereditary marauder who had preyed upon her flocks from the time sheep were first herded and guarded by some dim ancestor of hers.

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  • The forecastle was like an angry hive of bees aroused by some marauder.

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  • The black marauder, hauled by love
    from "Pursuit," Sylvia Plath

    April 8, 2008