depredation

[ dep-ri-dey-shuhn ]
/ ˌdɛp rɪˈdeɪ ʃən /

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM depredation

dep·re·da·tion·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for depredation

depredation
/ (ˌdɛprɪˈdeɪʃən) /

noun

the act or an instance of plundering; robbery; pillage
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