depredator

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From depredate +‎ -or.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: de‧pre‧da‧tor

Noun[edit]

depredator (plural depredators)

  1. One who depredates, or commits depredation.
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy:
      An open heath, a close plantation, were alike subjects of apprehension; and the whistle of a shepherd lad was instantly converted into the signal of a depredator.
    • 1836, Robert Huish, Lander's Travels[1]:
      Orders were now given to fire on all depredators, royal or plebeian; and after a few shots had been discharged without producing any fatal effects, the thieves hid themselves amongst the rocks, and were merely seen peeping through the crevices.
    • 1892, Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, The Wrecker[2]:
      The sight of her old neighbourly depredator shivering at the door in tatters, the very oddity of his appeal, touched a soft spot in the spinster's heart.

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