- the act of preying upon or plundering; robbery; ravage.
Origin of depredation
Examples from the Web for depredation
That is, if Shekels is out on depredation and I cant get hold of him.A Horse's Tale
By this time the Rebels had collected a very considerable force and every night committed some outrage and depredation.
Their most criminal act of depredation, was in regard to my brother's pipe.
All the effect is expressed by the words, depredation of forces.Economic Sophisms
"It must have been some other regiment, sir, who committed the depredation," said the Colonel.Following the Flag
Charles Carleton Coffin
- the act or an instance of plundering; robbery; pillage
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).