Definition of depredation in English:

depredation

Line breaks: dep¦re|da¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌdɛprɪˈdeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

(usually depredations)
  • An act of attacking or plundering: protecting grain from the depredations of rats and mice
    More example sentences
    • Also at risk, as much from further delays as from the operations themselves, is the supply of humanitarian aid to the refugees who are already suffering from the depredations of the attacks.
    • The insurrectionists that we have oft complained of late have grown more bold in their depredations, attacking ever nearer to our palace.
    • Property rather than the people themselves were the victims of his depredations but his attacks were aimed just as much at the civil will as the morale of Confederate soldiers.
    Synonyms
    plundering, plunder, looting, pillaging, robbing, robbery, raiding, ravaging, sacking, sack, ransacking, devastation, laying waste, wreckage, destruction, damage; ravages, raids, acts of destruction
    archaic spoliation, reaving

Origin

late 15th century (in the sense 'plundering, robbery', (plural) 'ravages'): from French déprédation, from late Latin depraedatio(n-), from depraedari 'plunder'.

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