Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A plundering raid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Properly, a military raid intended for the subjection or punishment of hostile or rebellious people by the carrying off of cattle, destruction of crops, etc.; by extension, any plundering or destructive incursion ill force.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A plundering and destructive incursion; a foray; a raid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A plundering and destructive incursion; a foray; a raid.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Arabic dialectal g̣azya, from Arabic g̣azwa, raid, military attack, from g̣azā, to raid; see g̣zw in Semitic roots.]

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French, from Arabic.

Examples

  • Before very long there was a mutiny among my men, who wanted to make a "razzia" upon the cattle of the natives, which, of course, I prohibited.

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  • Loekie de Wind, a Dutch cousin whose Jewish father was suddenly arrested in the summer of 1944 during a razzia raid and later shipped on what would be the last train to Auschwitz out a of the Nazi transit camp of Westerbork, has suspicions that someone betrayed her father, but she told me, "I don't know and I shall never know."

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  • Loekie de Wind, a Dutch cousin whose Jewish father was suddenly arrested in the summer of 1944 during a razzia raid and later shipped on what would be the last train to Auschwitz out a of the Nazi transit camp of Westerbork, has suspicions that someone betrayed her father, but she told me, "I don't know and I shall never know."

    Dorian de Wind: This Yom HaShoah: Closure or Anguish for Families of Dutch Holocaust Victims?

  • Loekie de Wind, a Dutch cousin whose Jewish father was suddenly arrested in the summer of 1944 during a razzia raid and later shipped on what would be the last train to Auschwitz out a of the Nazi transit camp of Westerbork, has suspicions that someone betrayed her father, but she told me, "I don't know and I shall never know."

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  • Ten thousand German troops, and hundreds of Norwegian Quislings and police, were sent out onto the plateau in a vast razzia, or sweep.

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  • To lie low in disguise, and watch and listen and wait, and conspire with the other palitikal sahibs of the Sirkar, until the time is ripe - and then go against these evil subverters in a secret razzia!

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  • Ten thousand German troops, and hundreds of Norwegian Quislings and police, were sent out onto the plateau in a vast razzia, or sweep.

    Shadow Knights

  • Ten thousand German troops, and hundreds of Norwegian Quislings and police, were sent out onto the plateau in a vast razzia, or sweep.

    Shadow Knights

  • Ten thousand German troops, and hundreds of Norwegian Quislings and police, were sent out onto the plateau in a vast razzia, or sweep.

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  • Sabáik, who ruled over Khorásán-land and used every year to go on razzia into the countries of the Miscreants in Hind and Sind and

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  • A plundering raid (thanks to azzurre for the word)

    March 2, 2007

  • The punk kids all yearn to be jazzier

    And wear duds once dull but now snazzier.

    Like loud clouds of locusts

    Ferociously focused

    They subject the thrift shops to razzia.

    April 25, 2016