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From Latin direptio, from diripere (to tear asunder, plunder), from di- + rapere (to seize and carry off).


direption (countable and uncountable, plural direptions)

  1. The act of plundering, despoiling, or snatching away.
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    • Thomas Heywood, The Life of Merlin: Surnamed Ambrosius
      committing many direptions and outrages

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for direption in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)