- Depredation is defined as taking things from others in an attack.
An example of depredation is the looting of a street during protests.
the act or an instance of robbing, plundering, or laying waste
Origin of depredationLate Latin depraedatio: see depredate
- 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.