depredation

[ dep-ri-dey-shuh n ]
/ ˌdɛp rɪˈdeɪ ʃən /
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noun

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

Origin of depredation

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

Related forms

dep·re·da·tion·ist, noun
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depredation

/ (ˌdɛprɪˈdeɪʃən) /

noun

the act or an instance of plundering; robbery; pillage

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