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Depredate


DEPREDATE, verb intransitive [Latin To plunder; prey.]

1. To plunder; to rob; to pillage; to take the property of an enemy or of a foreign country by force; as, the army depredated the enemys country.

That kind of war which depredates and distresses individuals.

2. To prey upon; to waste; to spoil.

3. To devour; to destroy by eating; as, wild animals depredate the corn.

DEPREDATE, verb intransitive To take plunder or prey; to commit waste; as, the troops depredated on the country.