Definition of depredation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdeprəˈdeɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdeprəˈdeɪʃn//
[usually plural](formal)
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acts that cause damage to people’s property, lives, etc. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘plundering, robbery’, (plural) ‘ravages’): from French déprédation, from late Latin depraedatio(n-), from depraedari ‘plunder’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: depredation