• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Depredate To subject to plunder and pillage; to despoil; to lay waste; to prey upon. "It makes the substance of the body . . . less apt to be consumed and depredated by the spirits."
    • v. i Depredate To take plunder or prey; to commit waste; as, the troops depredated on the country.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • depredate To prey upon, either by consumption or destruction, or by plunder and pillage; despoil; lay waste.
    • depredate To take plunder or prey; commit waste: as, wild animals depredate upon the corn; thieves have depredated on my property.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Depredate dep′re-dāt to plunder or prey upon: to rob: to lay waste: to devour
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. depraedatus, p. p. of depraedari, to plunder; de-, + praedari, to plunder, praeda, plunder, prey. See Prey
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deprædāri, -ātusde, inten., and prædāripræda, plunder.


In literature:

These were doubtless second nests of pairs that had lost their first nests from the depredations of falcons, ravens, or perhaps foxes.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
Poor Peter's heart had been sorely tried by the depredations of his long-tailed enemies.
"Hunter's Marjory" by Margaret Bruce Clarke
The other case was that of a person who had trained his dog to depredations in Whitechapel-market.
"Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II." by Pierce Egan
The burglar does not commit his depredations in the open light of day, nor in the full view of the spectator.
"Bucholz and the Detectives" by Allan Pinkerton
This country was a common field for the depredations of the Norse rovers.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Though Patnish was so much feared, I do not remember to have heard that he committed any depredations after this time.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
Their inclosure was simply to secure them against the depredations of stray burros, so numerous about the village.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
However, their intrusions and depredations are about to end.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
Better even, he said, suffer the French to go on with their depredations than to take any step which may lead to war.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
Subsequently, he had excited Bani Fezara and other Bedouin tribes to carry on their depredations among the Moslems.
"A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihád'" by Moulavi Gerágh Ali

In news:

Plan to end federal funding for Wildlife Services wolf depredation control program only spells trouble.
Raised amid the twin maelstroms of the Nazi and Soviet genocides, the Serbian author Danilo Kiš found new literary forms to depict the magnitude of such depredations.
A recent forum on the topic was hosted by the Crook County Wolf Depredation Committee.
2010 bill recognized government depredations, ill-conceived policies.
Depredations in region down since 2009.
It was not exactly uplifting to read about the conviction of Moshe Katzav, the former president of Israel, on several counts of rape and other accusations of sexual depredation.

In science:

While waiting for the dust to clear on the issue of electroweak baryogenesis, some workers have begun devising strategies to protect the baryon asymmetry generated at high temperatures (>> TEW ) from sphaleron depredations.
GUT's have the ability to defy sphalerons