- the act of preying upon or plundering; robbery; ravage.
Origin of depredation
Examples from the Web for depredations
The depredations suffered by Southern blacks at the hands of white authorities had been known, at an abstract level, for decades.When a Picture Is Too Powerful
September 15, 2014
Is it the depredations of unfettered capitalism that make people the servants of the market rather than the other way around?You Say You Want a Revolution?
June 23, 2013
Only grassroots opposition stopped, or at least limited, their depredations.America’s New Oligarchs—Fwd.us and Silicon Valley’s Shady 1 Percenters
May 14, 2013
Iran has also succumbed over the course of a cruel century, in large part because of the depredations of the Pahlavi dynasty.Prince Ali Reza Pahlavi Suicide: Tragic End to Iran's Dynasty
January 5, 2011
Down almost to our own day the depredations of wolves were frightful.The Roof of France
Meantime their depredations had been stopped, and what was the consequence?End of the Tether
I shall, from memory, cite such few of their depredations as I recollect.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido
This country was a common field for the depredations of the Norse rovers.Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)
He had suffered a great deal from the depredations of fruit thieves.In School and Out
- the act or an instance of plundering; robbery; pillage
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).