the ravages of

Definition of the ravages of

literary
:destruction or damage caused by (something)
  • the ravages of war/disease
sometimes used figuratively
  • Her face showed the ravages of time.

Word by Word Definitions

ravage play ravages
  1. : an act or practice of ravaging

  2. : damage resulting from ravaging : violently destructive effect

  1. : to wreak havoc on : affect destructively

  2. : to commit destructive actions


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