Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An organism that lives by preying on other organisms.
  • noun A person or group that robs, victimizes, or exploits others for gain.

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  • noun any animal or other organism that hunts and kills other organisms (their prey), primarily for food
  • noun someone who attacks and plunders for gain

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any animal that lives by preying on other animals
  • noun someone who attacks in search of booty

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin praedātor, pillager, from praedārī, to plunder; see predatory.]

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From Latin praedātor, from praedor ("loot, pillage"), from praeda ("booty, spoils, prey").

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