depredatory


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dep·re·date

 (dĕp′rĭ-dāt′)
v. dep·re·dat·ed, dep·re·dat·ing, dep·re·dates
v.tr.
To ransack; plunder.
v.intr.
To engage in plundering.

[Late Latin dēpraedārī, dēpraedāt- : Latin dē-, de- + Latin praedārī, to plunder (from praeda, booty; see ghend- in Indo-European roots).]

dep′re·da′tor n.
de·pred′a·to′ry (dĭ-prĕd′ə-tôr′ē, dĕp′rĭ-də-) adj.
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On many of his depredatory expeditions he had not hesitated to use the knife and the mutton-bone.
Although Currie does not dwell on politics, one is made aware of his opposition to the apartheid regime of yesteryear, which has left so much poverty in its wake, to which the country as a whole is still subject, in the form of its depredatory legacy.
In recent decades, the critical study of conservation conflicts have contended that, despite promoting new environmental attitudes, most conservation initiatives have failed to query the nature-society separation that underlies ecologically depredatory initiatives.
common myna, house crow and sparrow, recorded for their depredations on four growth stages of watermelon, it was apparent that for both seedling and foliage stages, with a only eight days break, the birds continued with their depredatory attacks in the morning and evening hours in the unguarded conditions.