• WordNet 3.6
    • n depredation an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
    • n depredation (usually plural) a destructive action "the ravages of time","the depredations of age and disease"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Depredation The act of depredating, or the state of being depredated; the act of despoiling or making inroads; as, the sea often makes depredation on the land.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n depredation The act of plundering; a robbing; a pillaging.
    • n depredation Waste; consumption.
    • n depredation In Scots law, the offense of driving away numbers of cattle or other beasts by the masterful force of armed persons: otherwise called hership.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Depredation act of plundering: state of being depredated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. depraedatio,: cf. F. déprédation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deprædāri, -ātusde, inten., and prædāripræda, plunder.


In literature:

Furnished now with a just title for his depredations, Il Medeghino undertook the siege of Chiavenna.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
In isolated locations rabbits and other vegetable feeders sometimes commit depredations.
"Cabbages and Cauliflowers: How to Grow Them" by James John Howard Gregory
Either theory would conform, more or less, to the nature of its depredations.
"Police Operation" by H. Beam Piper
At the same time, they could protect the schooner from depredations by other wandering natives.
"Under the Great Bear" by Kirk Munroe
Nor do they limit their depredations to the hospital.
"Le Petit Nord" by Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
The street car conductors complain that they can do nothing to check the depredations of the pick-pockets.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
They repented of their depredations, and cursed the Tarquinians as the instigators of the revolt.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
The trees certainly did not show any evidence of injury from depredations.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
And it is proper to suppose, that, at such a time, their outrages and depredations were very few.
"The Gipsies' Advocate or, Observations on the Origin, Character, Manners, and Habits of The English Gipsies" by James Crabb
The crime of these depredations was laid to the Stroganoffs.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
No trouble was experienced from Indian depredations until the last winter.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 97, November, 1865" by Various
But Monstri was not the only depredator who found the Gironde a fitting theatre for his piracy.
"Béarn and the Pyrenees" by Louisa Stuart Costello
The depredator has intercepted the rewards of toil, and marred the image of justice, and dimmed the lustre of faith in men's minds.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
The depredations of the Indians in the autumn of 1885 made concerted action on the part of the cattlemen inevitable.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
Much has been said of Indians stealing the white man's horses and little of the depredations of the whites upon the Indians.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
These worthies continued their depredations, and became at length so annoying that extraordinary measures were taken for their suppression.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Randerson had been in no hurry to make an attempt to catch the rustlers whose depredations he had reported to Ruth.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The whole country in that region was aroused by the depredations of the Indians.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
This wolf had committed many depredations on their flocks, and the inhabitants had been unsuccessful in their attempts to hunt it down.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
The war of 1855-56 was preceded by a great many murders and depredations by the Indians in different parts of southern Oregon.
"The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society, Vol. IV" by Various

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