predation

Predation is the act of preying on someone or something, especially when you're talking about animals. Nature shows can be hard to watch when they show the predation of an animal on a smaller, cuter animal.

A predator is an animal that attacks a smaller, weaker animal, called the prey. So predation is the act of being a predator, catching and attacking. The noun predation is most commonly used to talk about groups like pirates or marauders who prey on innocent people. In fact, the Latin root word praedationem means a plundering or taking of booty. In fact, predation described people before it was applied to animals.

Definitions of predation
  1. noun
    the act of preying by a predator who kills and eats the prey
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    type of:
    hunt, hunting
    the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts
  2. noun
    an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
    synonyms: depredation
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    type of:
    pillage, pillaging, plundering
    the act of stealing valuable things from a place
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