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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Other Words from ravage

Verb

ravagement \ ˈra-​vij-​mənt How to pronounce ravage (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 Scientists have hustled to take baseline measurements and assess the situation as the combination of drought, beetles and blazes ravage landscapes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2021 The report comes as wildfires ravage Europe and the American West this summer. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2021 The storm comes amid a tumultuous weather season in the United States as wildfires and drought ravage the West, and unprecedented rainfall and floods plague the Northeast as well as other areas of the country. Samara Lynn, ABC News, 25 July 2021 How many women’s lives will Way ravage before he is held accountable? Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 11 May 2021 Subrina Geer, 33, a nurse here on a temporary assignment, saw the disease ravage New York City last year. David Goldman, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Feb. 2021 Subrina Geer, 33, a nurse here on a temporary assignment, saw the disease ravage New York City last year. David Goldman, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Feb. 2021 After a season of fire, floods ravage Australia Two huge storms have converged over eastern Australia over the past week, dumping more than three feet of rain in just five days. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 Subrina Geer, 33, a nurse here on a temporary assignment, saw the disease ravage New York City last year. David Goldman, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While Biden declared independence from Covid-19 in the beginning of July, vaccine hesitancy has allowed the Delta variant to spread and ravage communities, posing a new set of challenges for the administration. Melanie Zanona, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 The report comes at the end of a roller-coaster summer in which covid restrictions and guidance at camps were initially loosened before the delta variant began to ravage states nationwide. Arkansas Online, 2 Sep. 2021 Demi and Brendan come home separately from their date, and Demi starts whining about how Brendan didn’t immediately rip his pants off and ravage her on a Jet Ski. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 The report comes at the end of a roller-coaster summer in which covid restrictions and guidance at camps were initially loosened before the delta variant began to ravage states nationwide. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 The summer of 2021 is shaping up to be one of the hottest ever recorded, as scorching summer temperatures fry the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest and wildfires ravage the Siberian Arctic. William Taylor, The Conversation, 11 Aug. 2021 Remarks in both places centered on ending the stigma surrounding drug addiction and raising the alarm about the opioid epidemic that continues to ravage Connecticut and the nation. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 31 Aug. 2021 The heat will not help conditions from Northern California to Oregon, where fires are continuing to ravage communities. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 9 Aug. 2021 Last month, Missouri joined a handful of other states seeing a notable uptick in vaccinations as the highly contagious delta variant continues to ravage communities, The Post reported. Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2021

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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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4 Sep 2021

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“Ravage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravage. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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ravage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ravage

: 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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