from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A predatory attack; a raid.
- n. Damage or loss; ravage: "[Carnegie Hall has] withstood the wear and tear of enthusiastic music lovers and the normal depredations of time” ( Mechanical Engineering).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act of consuming agricultural resources (crops, livestock), especially as plunder.
- n. A raid or predatory attack
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of depredating, or the state of being depredated; the act of despoiling or making inroads.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of plundering; a robbing; a pillaging.
- n. Waste; consumption.
- n. In Scots law, the offense of driving away numbers of cattle or other beasts by the masterful force of armed persons: otherwise called hership.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (usually plural) a destructive action
- n. an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
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