depredation

[dep-ri-dey-shuhn]
noun
the act of preying upon or plundering; robbery; ravage.

Origin:
1475–85; < Late Latin dēpraedātiōn- (stem of dēpraedātiō) a plundering, equivalent to dēpraedāt(us) (see depredate) + -iōn- -ion

depredationist, noun
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depredation (ˌdɛprɪˈdeɪʃən)
 
n
the act or an instance of plundering; robbery; pillage

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depredation
late 15c., from L.L. deprædationem (nom. deprædatio), from L. deprædari "to pillage," from de- "thoroughly" + prædari "to plunder," lit. "to make prey of," from præda "prey."
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Example sentences
But overwhelmingly, they prefer to prey on free-living critters, and are
  falsely blamed for depredations not of their own making.
It's not only humans who suffer from the depredations of viruses.
Some are already threatened with extinction-victims of a century of collectors'
  depredations.
Two noted marauders, by whose depredations the public ways were infested.
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