- IPA: /ˈɹævɪdʒ/
ravage (ravages, present participle ravaging; past and past participle ravaged)
- (transitive) To devastate or destroy something.
- 1937, Josephus; Ralph Marcus, transl., chapter VIII, in Josephus: With an English Translation (Loeb Classical Library), volume VI (Jewish Antiquities), London: William Heinemann Ltd.; Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, published 1958, OCLC 768288966 ↗, book IX, paragraph 1, page 87 ↗:
- Now Azaēlos, the king of Syria, made war on the Israelites and their king Jehu#English|Jehu, and ravaged the eastern parts of the country across the Jordan […] spreading fire everywhere and plundering everything and inflicting violence on all who fell into his hands.
- (transitive) To pillage or sack something, to lay waste to something.
- (intransitive) To wreak destruction.
ravage (plural ravages)
- Grievous damage or havoc.
- 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 3, scene 2]:
- Depredation or devastation
- the ravage of a lion; the ravages of fire or tempest; the ravages of an army, or of time
- Spanish: estrago
- Italian: devastazione