Origin of depredationLate Latin depraedatio: see depredate
Depredation is defined as taking things from others in an attack.
An example of depredation is the looting of a street during protests.
- 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 )
- An act of consuming agricultural resources (crops, livestock), especially as plunder.
- A raid or predatory attack
- Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman had long known that his fragile supply and communication lines through Tennessee were in serious jeopardy because of depredations by Forrest's cavalry raids.(Battle of Brice's Crossroads)
OriginSee also: déprédation
From Middle French déprédation.
- Phelim and his followers committed much depredation in Ulster on the pretext of reducing the Scots; and he attempted without success to take Drogheda, being compelled by Ormonde to raise the siege in April 1642.
- Elizabeth at last authorized Sussex to take the field against Shane, but two several expeditions failed to accomplish anything except some depredation in O'Neill's country.