- to plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage.
- to plunder; pillage.
Origin of depredate
Related Words for depredateattack, despoil, loot, maraud, pillage, raid, ransack, ravage, sack, spoliate
Examples from the Web for depredate
Historical Examples of depredate
Col. Bush asked if this man Blackman, who took out a commission in order to depredate and plunder, is still living?Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson
Continuing, he charged the general with inciting his employés to depredate on the fences and fields.
But the most valuable of the members of the band of friends of the Jameses are those who never go abroad to depredate.Life and adventures of Frank and Jesse James
J. A. Dacus
I have been told that superstitious thieves hang veils or kerchiefs before the picture in rooms where they depredate.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life
Thomas Wallace Knox
- (tr) rare to plunder or destroy; pillage
Word Origin for depredate
Word Origin and History for depredate
1620s, from Latin depredatus, past participle of depraedare "to pillage, ravage" (see depredation).