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razzia Line breaks: raz¦zia
Pronunciation: /ˈrazɪə/

Definition of razzia in English:


A hostile raid for purposes of conquest, plunder, and capture of slaves, especially one carried out by Moors in North Africa.
Example sentences
  • He was driven to use reprisal raids, the razzias that had traditionally formed part of warfare in North Africa.
  • Several government officials, Lamartine most notably, were scandalized by the army's use of the razzia, or raid, derived from a tactic used by the Roman army.
  • The theme of this year's Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal is razzias, the Arabic word meaning ‘raids’, which once struck fear in the hearts of merchants driving caravans across the desert.


Mid 19th century: via French from Algerian Arabic ġāziya 'raid'.

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