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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of lay waste.


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  • The famine, which laid waste the city of Rome at that time, gave opportunity to the ten stranger-priests, to relieve an infinite number of miserable people, oppressed with want, and unregarded.

    The Works of John Dryden

  • From the ruined castle they looked over the Palatinate which had been laid waste owing to the ambition of the Princess Elizabeth, daughter of our James I. Mary could have lingered long among the picturesque weed-grown walls, but had to continue the route to their destination.

    Mrs Shelley

  • Governor Moore of South Carolina made an unsuccessful attempt in 1702 to capture St. Augustine, and in 1704 laid waste the country of the civilized Apalachee.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • Now tohu as such means originally unformedness (K. W.) and so can come to mean a "waste" only in the sense of being not yet put into shape, not in the sense of having been laid waste by some catastrophe, as all those would postulate who try at every point to make room for geologic periods of development.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • A freak storm had laid waste to the region, and the Chat-A-Hoot-Cheese River and its tributaries were flooding.

    Xone of Contention

  • The pestilence, which for some weeks had laid waste the town, as the saint had foretold not long before his death, in his letter to Father Francis Perez, on the sudden ceased; insomuch, that no infection was from thenceforward caught; and they, who had been infected, were cured, without taking any remedy.

    The Works of John Dryden

  • He supported the archbishop in the latter's efforts to carry out ecclesiastical reforms in that troubled era, rebuilt the Abbey of St. Martin that had been laid waste by the Normans, accompanied the archbishop on visitations, and used his leisure for writing.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Duarte Ribeiro had left his lands and his home in the south, laid waste by Junot's army on its advance to Lisbon three years before.

    Beyond the Sunrise

  • During the eight years of his administratorship the rebels laid waste all the Christian missions of Kiang-nan except that of

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • Yet he is said to have entered Normandy, to have laid waste William's native district of Hiesmois, to have supplied a French garrison to a Norman rebel named Thurstan, who held the castle of Falaise against the Duke, and to have ended by restoring Tillieres as a menace against Normandy.

    William the Conqueror


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