American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To bring heavy destruction on; devastate: A tornado ravaged the town.
- v. To pillage; sack: Enemy soldiers ravaged the village.
- v. To wreak destruction.
- n. The act or practice of pillaging, destroying, or devastating.
- n. Grievous damage; havoc: the ravages of disease.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Desolation or destruction wrought by the violent action of men or beasts, or by physical or moral causes; devastation; havoc; waste; ruin: as, the ravage of a lion; the ravages of fire or tempest; the ravages of an invading army; the ravages of passion or grief.
- n. Synonyms Pillage, plunder, spoliation, despoilment. These words all apply not to the treatment of people directly, but to the destruction or appropriation of property.
- To desolate violently; lay waste, as by force, storm, etc.; commit havoc on; devastate; pillage; despoil.
- Synonyms To plunder, waste. See the noun.
- v. transitive To devastate or destroy something
- v. transitive To pillage or sack something, to lay waste to something
- v. intransitive To wreak destruction
- n. Grievous damage or havoc
- n. Depredation or devastation
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Desolation by violence; violent ruin or destruction; devastation; havoc; waste.
- v. To lay waste by force; to desolate by violence; to commit havoc or devastation upon; to spoil; to plunder; to consume.
- v. cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
- v. make a pillaging or destructive raid on (a place), as in wartimes
- n. (usually plural) a destructive action
- From French ravage ("ravage, havoc, spoil"), from ravir ("to bear away suddenly"), from Latin rapere ("to snatch, seize"), akin to Ancient Greek ἁρπάζω (arpazō, "to seize") (Wiktionary)
- French ravager, from Old French, to uproot, from ravir, to ravish; see ravish. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Genocide was the most sobering reality of all," the department said in the 2006 "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices," noting that mass killings continued to "ravage" Darfur nearly 60 years after the world vowed "Never again!" following the Holocaust.”
“Interacting with the wolves is purely voluntary, as they do not initiate the encounter that will (to use the developer's own term) 'ravage' the girl and leave her back on the path, where she can continue the last few steps towards the house.”
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“Seeing how cancer can ravage the vitality from a person, it was a damned humbling sight.”
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