[dep-ri-dey-shuh n]


the act of preying upon or plundering; robbery; ravage.

Nearby words

  1. depreciable,
  2. depreciate,
  3. depreciation,
  4. depreciatory,
  5. depredate,
  6. depress,
  7. depressant,
  8. depressed,
  9. depressed area,
  10. depressed skull fracture

Origin of depredation

1475–85; < Late Latin dēpraedātiōn- (stem of dēpraedātiō) a plundering, equivalent to dēpraedāt(us) (see depredate) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsdep·re·da·tion·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for depredation



the act or an instance of plundering; robbery; pillage
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Word Origin and History for depredation



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).

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