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ravage

noun rav·age \ ˈra-vij \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of ravage

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

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Origin and Etymology of ravage

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


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ravage

verb

Definition of ravage

ravaged; ravaging
transitive verb
: to wreak havoc on : affect destructively
  • a land ravaged by war
intransitive verb
: to commit destructive actions

ravagement

play \ˈra-vij-mənt\ noun

ravager

noun

Examples of ravage in a Sentence

  1. Hurricane Andrew ravaged Louisiana and Florida in 1992, causing $19 billion in damage.

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First Known Use of ravage

1602

Synonym Discussion of ravage

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


RAVAGE Defined for English Language Learners

ravage

verb

Definition of ravage for English Language Learners

  • : to damage or harm (something) very badly


RAVAGE Defined for Kids

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ravage

noun rav·age \ ˈra-vij \

Definition of ravage for Students

: destructive action or effect
  • the ravages of disease

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ravage

verb

Definition of ravage for Students

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


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