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depredation

[dep-ri-dey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of preying upon or plundering; robbery; ravage.
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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
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depredation

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

n.

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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