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  • v. Present participle of ravage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. ruinously destructive and wasting
  • n. plundering with excessive damage and destruction


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  • Spanish-American word ravaging our coasts and carrying off the pride of the youth has to answer for many such bridal parties, whose tours have been followed with pins and colored pencils and eyes more eager than those of mothers-in-law.

    Lippincott's Magazine, October 1885

  • Unless you have been hiding under a rock, a well insulated sound proof rock, then you probably know about the swine flu H1N1 that is "ravaging" the world right now.

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  • Not "ravaging" him would have amounted to journalistic malpractice.

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  • Yet even the conservative AR4 arguably supports the term by considering, however soberly, probably consequences that could reasonably be construed as involving the "ravaging" of this or that.


  • You can help stop this kind of ravaging of people's lives and environment - put your money into your own community, instead of giving it to multinational banks which invest it in ways you would never dream of supporting.

    Indybay newswire

  • Hurricane Ike is currently "ravaging" South Texas with his


  • 'ravaging' communities without any sense of irony of what their movement did to communities on this island. - 3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,27,28,29,30,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,41,42,48,49,50,52

  • Hurricane Ike is currently "ravaging" South Texas with his "...

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  • The province was impoverished by years of war, fever and cholera were ravaging the population, and business and agriculture were devastated, but Malvar showed every indication of being able to sustain the war indefinitely.

    Between War and Peace

  • His No. 2 guy was John—a stocky, boisterous fellow with dancing eyes who was happiest when he was tearing up a road with a bulldozer, especially if the road didn't need ravaging.

    My Summer Road to Perdition


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