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Monday, April 29, 2002

Definitions for depredation

  1. An act of plundering or despoiling; a raid.
  2. [Plural] Destructive operations; ravages.

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Citations for depredation
. . .the depredations of pirates and privateers on the high seas. Jacqueline Jones, American Work
Arguing for drastic measures, they cite the horrible depredations of drug addiction. Jacob Sullum, Reason
Origin of depredation
Depredation comes from Late Latin depraedari, "to plunder," from Latin de- + praedari, from praeda, "plunder, prey."