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English definition of “depredation”

depredation

noun [C usually plural, U] uk   /ˌdep.rəˈdeɪ.ʃən/ formal us  
(an act causing) damage or destruction: The entire area has suffered the depredations of war. Depredation of (= damage done to) the environment is destroying hundreds of species each year.
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