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verb (used with object), dep·re·dat·ed, dep·re·dat·ing.
  1. to plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage.
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verb (used without object), dep·re·dat·ed, dep·re·dat·ing.
  1. to plunder; pillage.
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Origin of depredate

1620–30; < Late Latin dēpraedātus plundered (past participle of depraedārī), equivalent to Latin dē- de- + praed(ārī) to plunder (see prey) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsdep·re·da·tor, noundep·re·da·to·ry [dep-ri-dey-tuh-ree, dih-pred-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdɛp rɪˌdeɪ tə ri, dɪˈprɛd əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The same remark would apply to Spain, so far as they have depredated upon our commerce.

    Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)

    Thomas Hart Benton

British Dictionary definitions for depredated


  1. (tr) rare to plunder or destroy; pillage
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Derived Formsdepredator, noundepredatory (ˈdɛprɪˌdeɪtərɪ, dɪˈprɛdɪtərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin dēpraedārī to ravage, from Latin de- + praeda booty; see prey
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Word Origin and History for depredated



1620s, from Latin depredatus, past participle of depraedare "to pillage, ravage" (see depredation).

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