ravage

noun
rav·​age | \ ˈra-vij How to pronounce ravage (audio) \

Definition of ravage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act or practice of ravaging
2 : damage resulting from ravaging : violently destructive effect the ravages of time

ravage

verb
ravaged; ravaging

Definition of ravage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to wreak havoc on : affect destructively a land ravaged by war

intransitive verb

: to commit destructive actions

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Verb

ravagement \ ˈra-​vij-​mənt How to pronounce ravagement (audio) \ noun
ravager noun

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Verb

ravage, devastate, waste, sack, pillage, despoil mean to lay waste by plundering or destroying. ravage implies violent often cumulative depredation and destruction. a hurricane ravaged the coast devastate implies the complete ruin and desolation of a wide area. an earthquake devastated the city waste may imply producing the same result by a slow process rather than sudden and violent action. years of drought had wasted the area sack implies carrying off all valuable possessions from a place. barbarians sacked ancient Rome pillage implies ruthless plundering at will but without the completeness suggested by sack. settlements pillaged by Vikings despoil applies to looting or robbing without suggesting accompanying destruction. the Nazis despoiled the art museums

Examples of ravage in a Sentence

Verb Hurricane Andrew ravaged Louisiana and Florida in 1992, causing $19 billion in damage.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Also, the 17-year-periodic cicadas have returned to ravage on plant life—and yes, some of them are even zombies. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "East Coast States Urging Residents to Look Out for Destructive Spotted Lanternflies," 17 Aug. 2020 Its deepening socioeconomic inequities saw the pandemic ravage some of its most vulnerable communities. Washington Post, "The pandemic and the dawn of an ‘Asian Century’," 10 July 2020 Federal, state and local officials have all taken some steps to protect Americans from the ravages of the economic crash due to COVID-19. Jeff Ernsthausen, ProPublica, "Capital One and Other Debt Collectors Are Still Coming for Millions of Americans," 8 June 2020 Insects, adverse weather, shifting river conditions, unexpected accidents and the ravages of melting permafrost take their toll at one time or another. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In the memoir ‘Cabin,’ a clear-eyed look at the Alaska wilderness dream," 23 May 2020 During this adventure the brothers confront their trauma and the ravages of the Vietnam War. Taiia Smart Young, Essence, "Watch The Trailer: Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods' on Netflix," 18 May 2020 And a capital way to eat up a half-day otherwise lost to Netflix and navel-gazing? Golfing in the great outdoors during these fraught times seems like the last refuge from the ravages of the coronavirus. David Weiss, WSJ, "Golf Courses Are Open—But Bring Your Own Gatorade," 15 May 2020 No one complained with any authority because a city digging out from the ravages of a hurricane was slightly more significant than arguing sites for football games. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Los Angeles’ shutdown could land the Dallas Cowboys an extra home game," 15 May 2020 Doctors have been trying lots of existing drugs—from malaria medications to anti-influenza pills to Ebola treatments—in an effort to save patients from the ravages of the disease, which can damage the heart, kidneys, brain, and lungs. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Front-Runners Emerge in the Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine," 8 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At least 19 people have died in California, Washington and Oregon as historic wildfires ravage the West, scorching millions of acres and forcing thousands of people to evacuate. CBS News, "Trump to visit California on Monday to be briefed on wildfires," 12 Sep. 2020 Imagine if these radical domestic terrorists decided to ravage our downtown on Atlantic Avenue? Chuck Lehmann, sun-sentinel.com, "What if protests come to our city? | Opinion," 4 Sep. 2020 Reshaping the national conversation around the race has taken on greater urgency for Trump, who trails in public and private surveys as the coronavirus continues to ravage the nation’s economy and his reelection chances. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Republican National Convention to center on Trump’s vision of American greatness," 24 Aug. 2020 Reshaping the national conversation around the race has taken on greater urgency for Trump, who trails in public and private surveys as the coronavirus continues to ravage the nation’s economy and his reelection chances. Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, "Republican National Convention: Trump expected to appear each night as GOP seeks to show contrast with Biden," 23 Aug. 2020 The country also kicked out several Western journalists who dared to report on the novel coronavirus that would eventually go on to ravage the world. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Chinese woman who lost father to coronavirus sues government for apology, compensation," 1 Sep. 2020 The news comes as fires continue to ravage the Golden State. Stella Chan And Allen Kim, CNN, "Sanctuary for endangered condors burns in California wildfire," 26 Aug. 2020 The same thing is happening in California, as wildfires ravage the state. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus live updates: Iowa reports first child death; CDC drops travel quarantine recommendation; Florida has more than 600K infections," 24 Aug. 2020 As the pandemic continued to ravage the state in early April, cases exploded in nursing homes, which had been given less attention and fewer resources than hospitals in the early weeks of the outbreak. Sean Campbell, ProPublica, "CareOne Nursing Homes Said They Could Safely Take More COVID-19 Patients. But Death Rates Soared.," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of ravage

Noun

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for ravage

Noun

French, from Middle French, from ravir to ravish — more at ravish

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The first known use of ravage was in 1602

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22 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ravage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravage. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for ravage

ravage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ravage

formal : to damage or harm (something) very badly

ravage

noun
rav·​age | \ ˈra-vij How to pronounce ravage (audio) \

Kids Definition of ravage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: destructive action or effect the ravages of disease

ravage

verb
ravaged; ravaging

Kids Definition of ravage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to attack or act upon with great violence The forest was ravaged by fire.

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