depredation


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dep·re·da·tion

 (dĕp′rĭ-dā′shən)
n.
1. A predatory attack; a raid.
2. Damage or loss; ravage: "[Carnegie Hall has] withstood the wear and tear of enthusiastic music lovers and the normal depredations of time" (Mechanical Engineering).

depredation

(ˌdɛprɪˈdeɪʃən)
n
the act or an instance of plundering; robbery; pillage
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.depredation - an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
pillaging, plundering, pillage - the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"
2.depredation - (usually plural) a destructive actiondepredation - (usually plural) a destructive action; "the ravages of time"; "the depredations of age and disease"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
demolition, wipeout, destruction - an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something

depredation

noun destruction, ravaging, devastation, ransacking, pillage, plunder, marauding, laying waste, despoiling, rapine, spoliation Crops can be decimated by the unchecked depredations of deer.
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depredation

n usu plVerwüstung f
References in classic literature ?
That is, if Shekels is out on depredation and I can't get hold of him.
When the Nez Perces, Flatheads, and Pends Oreilles are encamped in a dangerous neighborhood, says Captain Bonneville, the greatest care is taken of their horses, those prime articles of Indian wealth, and objects of Indian depredation.
These form objects of traffic, or objects of depredation, and in this way pass from tribe to tribe over great tracts of country.
On the following Tuesday I was out with my dog and gun, in pursuit of such game as I could find within the territory of Linden-Car; but finding none at all, I turned my arms against the hawks and carrion crows, whose depredations, as I suspected, had deprived me of better prey.
Soon after this, an action was brought against the gamekeeper by Squire Western (the gentleman in whose manor the partridge was killed), for depredations of the like kind.
On they came to the portals of Kulonga's hut, the very one in which Tarzan had wrought his depredations.
Moved by these vague yet all-powerful urgings the ape-man lay awake one night in the little thorn boma that protected, in a way, his party from the depredations of the great carnivora of the jungle.
All the exploits of this lady of fame, in her depredations upon mankind, stand as so many warnings to honest people to beware of them, intimating to them by what methods innocent people are drawn in, plundered and robbed, and by consequence how to avoid them.
Without the one or the other, the former would be absolutely unable to defend himself against the depredations of the latter.
Miss Ada's cushions were henceforth safe from his depredations, and when he met Anne on the street, or in Redmond's halls, his bow was icy in the extreme.
First was the necessity for ridding the jungle of man-eaters, and it was only after depredations by these grim and terrible scourges that a lion hunt was organized.
There could be little doubt, for instance, that this very ship's crew, though no unfavourable specimens of the nautical brotherhood, had been guilty, as we should phrase it, of depredations on the Spanish commerce, such as would have perilled all their necks in a modern court of justice.