[ US /ˌdɛpɹəˈdeɪʃən/ ]
[ UK /dɪpɹɪdˈe‍ɪʃən/ ]
  1. an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
  2. (usually plural) a destructive action
    the depredations of age and disease
    the ravages of time
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How To Use depredation In A Sentence

  • They make good the depredations of history to give us a Rome that appears both whole and eternally modern.
  • The deer had become very numerous by this time in the New Forest, and there were numerous complaints about their depredations.
  • Not all things disappear with dramatic suddenness and it might be decades before the various depredations to which wild life is exposed begin to have a noticeable effect.
  • He began to wish that his property might be attacked, feeling secure in his alertness, thinking that an over bold "badman" might come suddenly to the end of his depredations here. Six Feet Four
  • As the pasture in which Black Bruin had committed his depredation was a mile from the settler's house and not often visited except to salt the young stock kept in it, the real offender was not discovered, although it was apparent to the farmer that the heifer had been attacked by some wild beast. Black Bruin The Biography of a Bear
  • They preyed on roe deer, red deer, and wild boar, but were also much loathed and dreaded for their depredations against livestock, especially sheep.
  • The task of preserving the timber recently cut and of preventing further depredations _within the disputed territory_ was assigned to the State of Maine after her military force should have been withdrawn from it, and it was to be accomplished by a civil posse, armed or unarmed, which was to continue in the territory and to operate in every part of it where its agency might be required to protect the timber already cut and prevent further depredations, without any limitation whatever or any restrictions except such as might be construed into an attempt to disturb by arms the Province of New Brunswick in her possession of the Madawaska settlement or interrupt the usual communication between the Provinces. A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents Volume 3, part 2: Martin Van Buren
  • Despite protective laws and natural - park status, the depredations continued.
  • For a while they remembered their faults and losses; but no sooner were they revived by the hospitable entertainment, than their venom was again inflamed; they stung their benefactor, and neither gardens, nor palaces, nor churches, were safe from their depredations. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • So, despite the great depredations of the slave trade, there was demographic growth.
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