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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Depopulate  \De*pop"u*late\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Depopulated}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Depopulating}.]  [L.  depopulatus  p.  p.  of 
  depopulari  to  ravage;  de-  +  populari  to  ravage,  fr  populus 
  people:  cf  OF  depopuler  F.  d['e]peupler.  See  {People}.] 
  To  deprive  of  inhabitants,  whether  by  death  or  by  expulsion; 
  to  reduce  greatly  the  populousness  of  to  dispeople;  to 
  unpeople. 
 
  Where  is  this  viper,  That  would  depopulate  the  city? 
  --Shak. 
 
  Note:  It  is  not  synonymous  with  laying  waste  or  destroying, 
  being  limited  to  the  loss  of  inhabitants;  as  an  army 
  or  a  famine  may  depopulate  a  country.  It  rarely 
  expresses  an  entire  loss  of  inhabitants,  but  often  a 
  great  diminution  of  their  numbers;  as  the  deluge 
  depopulated  the  earth. 




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