Despoil vs Depredation - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between despoil and depredation
is that despoil
is (obsolete) plunder; spoliation while depredation
is damage, destruction, depredation.
As a verb despoil
is to deprive for spoil; to take spoil from; to plunder; to rob; to pillage.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
To deprive for spoil; to take spoil from; to plunder; to rob; to pillage.
*:a law which restored to them an immense domain of which they had been despoiled
*2010 , The Economist , 17 July, p.53:
*:To dreamers in the West, Tibet is a Shangri-La despoiled by Chinese ruthlessness and rapacity.
To violently strip (someone), with indirect object of their possessions etc.; to rob.
*1614 , (Sir Walter Raleigh), History of the World :
*:The Earl of March, following the plain path which his father had trodden out, despoiled Henry the father, and Edward the son, both of their lives and kingdom.
*1667 , (John Milton), Paradise Lost , Book 9, 410-11:
*:To intercept thy way, or send thee back / Despoiled of innocence, of faith, of bliss.
*1849 , , History of England , Ch.20:
*:A law which restored to them an immense domain of which they had been despoiled .
To strip (someone) of their clothes; to undress.
*:So syr Persants doughter dyd as her fader bad her / and soo she wente vnto syr Beaumayns bed / & pryuely she dispoylled her / & leid her doune by hym / & thenne he awoke & sawe her & asked her what she was
(obsolete) Plunder; spoliation.
An act of consuming agricultural resources (crops, livestock), especially as plunder.
* 2003 , The Living Elephants: Evolutionary Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation, by R. Sukumar, page 299:
A raid or predatory attack
- Depredation of cultivated crops by elephants is widespread in both Africa and Asia.
- Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman had long known that his fragile supply and communication lines through Tennessee were in serious jeopardy because of depredations by Forrest's cavalry raids. ()