Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who depredates, or commits depredation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who plunders or pillages; a spoiler; a robber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who plunders or pillages; a spoiler; a waster.

Etymologies

From depredate +‎ -or. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One AVP was enough, I'm glad Rodriguez is bringin 'it back! amauris es una muy buena saga espero sigan realizando mas movi de este tipo me gusta depredator y los alien

    2-Minute Sneak Peek at Predators | /Film

  • “Certainly, sir, to the best of my power — naething for naething — I ken the rule of the office,” said the ex-depredator.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Seeing the boy scudding away at such a rapid pace, he very naturally concluded him to be the depredator; and shouting ‘Stop thief!’ with all his might, made off after him, book in hand.

    Oliver Twist

  • It was not, strictly speaking, as a professed depredator that Rob Roy now conducted his operations, but as a sort of contractor for the police; in Scottish phrase, a lifter of black-mail.

    Rob Roy

  • It seems matter of regret that we cannot persuade this illustrious depredator to take the command of our police force, that body of life-assurers and property-protectors which has proved so singularly ineffective as a preventive service in the present case.

    Robbery Under Arms

  • The angry officer, quite out of breath, could only point at the depredator, who, unaware of the approach of any interruption, still continued to enjoy his unhallowed meal.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • The good effects of this law is admirable, insomuch that it has almost annihilated robbery: but when one has actually been committed, the energy and exertion of every individual is directed to discover the depredator, and they seldom fail to discover him.

    An Account of Timbuctoo and Housa Territories in the Interior of Africa

  • It was in vain that he employed keepers and offered rewards for every depredator they apprehended or _killed_; year after year rolled by, and still Sir Vane's great struggle in life was to preserve his partridges.

    Comical People

  • The naturalist says they are mostly torpid; yet evidently that little pocket-faced depredator, the chipmunk, was not carrying buckwheat for so many days to his hole for nothing; -- was he anticipating a state of torpidity, or the demands of a very active appetite?

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866

  • Determined to discover the depredator, they concealed themselves

    West Indian Fables by James Anthony Froude Explained by J. J. Thomas

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  • 'The safety of the ceremonial sites still in present-day aboriginal use depends solely upon the ignorance of white Australian depredators of their very existence.' From Strehlow quoted in Tim Rowse's 'Rethinking Social Justice' 2012 p.54

    March 27, 2013