marauder

A marauder is someone who roams around looking for things to steal. You might hear news reports about a marauder breaking into cars in your neighborhood.

The word marauder entered English in the 17th century, from the Middle French word maraud, meaning "rascal." Even in modern times, if you’re a marauder you’re certainly a rascal — probably even a criminal. A marauder doesn’t target a victim and plan a crime — instead a marauder is on the move looking for opportunities to rob people or steal things. Marauders often travel in groups, looting whatever they can.

Definitions of marauder
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n someone who attacks in search of booty

Synonyms:
piranha, predator, vulture
Types:
moss-trooper
a marauder and plunderer (originally operating in the bogs between England and Scotland)
Type of:
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker
someone who attacks

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