- Hyphenation: de‧pre‧da‧tor
depredator (plural depredators)
- 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:
- 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:
- 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.