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 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 Subrina Geer, 33, a nurse here on a temporary assignment, saw the disease ravage New York City last year. David Goldman, BostonGlobe.com, "Inside a COVID-19 field hospital in Rhode Island," 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, "Inside a COVID-19 field hospital in Rhode Island," 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, "A Trillion-Dollar Bet on Clean Energy," 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, "Inside a COVID-19 field hospital in Rhode Island," 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, "Inside a COVID-19 field hospital in Rhode Island," 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, "Inside a COVID-19 field hospital in Rhode Island," 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, "Inside a COVID-19 field hospital in Rhode Island," 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, "Inside a COVID-19 field hospital in Rhode Island," 12 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The memorial closed in February 2020, just as the coronavirus pandemic was beginning to ravage the country, but has reopened in Washington at the National Building Museum. Washington Post, "What should a coronavirus memorial look like? This powerful statement on gun violence offers a model.," 9 Apr. 2021 At least 19 people died this week in Oregon, Washington and California from the wildfires that continue to ravage the western states. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Oregon governor calls wildfires a "wake-up call" on climate change," 13 Sep. 2020 While Covid-19 infections can literally ravage every organ system, the respiratory tract has been its primary target. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, "Studies Show That Asthma Does Not Increase Risk Of Severe Covid-19 Illness," 24 Feb. 2021 And yet, health-care workers, many of whom are already experiencing burnout and the emotional toll of witnessing COVID ravage their patients, haven’t backed down. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "These doctors and nurses battle COVID all day - then they go online and fight misinformation," 24 Feb. 2021 And yet, health-care workers, many of whom are already experiencing burnout and the emotional toll of witnessing covid ravage their patients, haven’t backed down. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "These doctors and nurses battle covid all day. Then they go online and fight misinformation.," 24 Feb. 2021 Liu Kang, who sometimes turns himself into a dragon and bites off the heads of his opponents in the games, summons a fiery dragon to ravage his enemy. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Everything you may have missed in the Mortal Kombat trailer," 18 Feb. 2021 Pouring research into how these viruses ravage the body, and how to stop or undo that damage, is more than just humane and medically important. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "The Forever Disease: How Covid-19 Became a Chronic Condition," 2 Feb. 2021 Her boast angered Poseidon, god of the sea, who sent a sea monster (Cetus the Whale) to ravage the kingdom. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Coldest Air of Winter On The Way," 1 Feb. 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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7 May 2021

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“Ravage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravage. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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