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Sunday, July 02, 2006

depredation

\dep-ruh-DAY-shun\ , noun;
1.
An act of plundering or despoiling; a raid.
2.
[Plural] Destructive operations; ravages.
Quotes:
. . .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, "Voodoo social policy: exorcizing the twin demons, guns and drugs", Reason, October 1, 1994
For the moment, Kioni remains a precious fragment of the old Mediterranean, the one that existed before the depredations of pollution and crass, exploitative development.
-- Andrew Powell, "Hellenic heaven", Harper's Bazaar, August 1, 1994
Origin:
Depredation comes from Late Latin depraedari, "to plunder," from Latin de- + praedari, from praeda, "plunder, prey."
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