Razzia

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Razzia A plundering and destructive incursion; a foray; a raid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n razzia 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. Razzias were formerly common in Arabian countries. They were practised by the Turkish authorities in Algeria and other provinces against tribes or districts which refused to pay taxes; and the word was adopted, and the practice continued for a time, by the French in Algeria after its conquest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Razzia rat′si-a a pillaging incursion—Algerian.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. Ar. ghāzīa,pron. razia, in Algeria)

Usage

In literature:

Open conflict followed, and a succession of French razzias.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
Touat was the center of conspiracies, of razzias, of defections, and at the same time, the depot of supply for the insatiable nomads.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
The memory of his razzias was perpetuated upon stone columns set up to record his successes.
"Ancient Egypt" by George Rawlinson
This razzia, however, will not come off yet.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
En-Noor told us that the Sultan of Asoudee had gone out on a razzia to the west.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
Brave under all circumstances, they take pleasure in "razzias," which they call "tchepaos.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Sunday morning, on crossing the Boulevard du Prince Eugene, I was taken in a razzia.
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary
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