A foray (Polish: zajazd, 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.
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... A foray (Polish zajazd, Ukrainian наїзд) was a traditional method of law enforcement in Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth ... In legal practice, foray was sanctioned by starosta officials, and was the fourth step in the execution of a legal ruling ... 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 ...
More definitions of "foray":
- (verb): Briefly enter enemy territory.
- (verb): Steal goods; take as spoils.
Synonyms: plunder, despoil, loot, reave, strip, rifle, ransack, pillage
- (noun): An initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence).
Example: "Scientists' forays into politics"