- Depredation is defined as taking things from others in an attack.
An example of depredation is the looting of a street during protests.
Origin: Late Latin depraedatio: see depredate
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- A predatory attack; a raid.
- Damage or loss; ravage: “[Carnegie Hall has] withstood the wear and tear of enthusiastic music lovers and the normal depredations of time” (Mechanical Engineering).