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depredation

[dep-ri-dey-shuh n] /ˌdɛp rɪˈdeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of preying upon or plundering; robbery; ravage.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Late Latin dēpraedātiōn- (stem of dēpraedātiō) a plundering, equivalent to dēpraedāt(us) (see depredate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
depredationist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for de-predation

depredation

/ˌdɛprɪˈdeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of plundering; robbery; pillage
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Word Origin and History for de-predation

depredation

n.

late 15c., from Middle French déprédation, from Late Latin depraedationem (nominative depraedatio) "a plundering," from past participle stem of Latin depraedari "to pillage," from de- "thoroughly" (see de-) + praedari "to plunder," literally "to make prey of," from praeda "prey" (see prey).

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