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[dep-ri-dey-shuh n] /ˌdɛp rɪˈdeɪ ʃən/
the act of preying upon or plundering; robbery; ravage.
1475-85; < Late Latin dēpraedātiōn- (stem of dēpraedātiō) a plundering, equivalent to dēpraedāt(us) (see depredate) + -iōn- -ion
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depredationist, noun Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • The starlings, however, soon were privy to the deception and continued their depredations.
  • These big terns are swifter and better fliers than the gulls, and the depredations take place all the time before their eyes.
  • He'd hoped that a listing would protect the site from further depredations and encourage serious research.
  • Rose began to struggle at the plate, the genius of his swing increasingly lost to the depredations of age.
  • Fortunately, bank robbers were as pious and made no depredations.
  • Hindsight gives us a clear picture of his depredations: at the time mendacity ruled, all was confusion.
British Dictionary definitions for depredations


the act or an instance of plundering; robbery; pillage
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Word Origin and History for depredations



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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