Foray vs. Raid

By Jaxson

  • Foray

    A foray (Polish: zajazd, Belarusian: наезд, Ukrainian: наїзд) was a traditional method of law enforcement in Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. In view of the weakness of the executive in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, it was used by members of the szlachta to defend their rights.

    In legal practice, foray was sanctioned by starosta officials, and was the fourth step in the execution of a legal ruling. After the guilty party refused to abandon the disputed property, starosta would call his supporters as well as opponents of the guilty party (therefore creating a temporary force of militia) and attempt to remove the guilty party from his manor.

    Since the mid-17th century, forays were increasingly done without a legal sanction simply when a member of szlachta would gather his supporters and raid an estate of his opponent. They would become a common occurrence during the period of noble’s anarchy in the Commonwealth.

    In literature, forays were most famously portrayed in Adam Mickiewicz’s Pan Tadeusz, as well as in The Trilogy (With Fire and Sword, The Deluge, Fire in the Steppe) of Henryk Sienkiewicz.

  • Foray (noun)

    A sudden or irregular incursion in border warfare; hence, any irregular incursion for war or spoils; a raid.

  • Foray (noun)

    A brief excursion or attempt, especially outside one’s accustomed sphere.

  • Foray (verb)

    To scour (an area or place) for food, treasure, booty etc.

  • Foray (verb)

    To pillage; to ravage.

  • Raid (noun)

    A quick hostile or predatory incursion or invasion in a battle.

  • Raid (noun)

    An attack or invasion for the purpose of making arrests, seizing property, or plundering

    “a police raid of a narcotics factory”

    “a raid of contractors on the public treasury”

  • Raid (noun)

    An attacking movement.

  • Raid (noun)

    An activity initiated at or towards the end of a live broadcast by the broadcaster that sends its viewers to a different broadcast, primarily intended to boost the viewership of the receiving broadcaster. This is frequently accompanied by a message in the form of a hashtag that is posted in the broadcast’s chat by the viewers.

  • Raid (noun)

    A large group in a parties who team up to defeat a powerful enemy.

  • Raid (verb)

    To engage in a raid against.

    “The police raided the gambling den.”

    “The soldiers raided the village and burned it down.”

  • Raid (verb)

    To lure from another; to entice away from.

  • Raid (verb)

    To indulge oneself by taking from.

    “I raided the fridge for snacks.”


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