• IPA: /ˈɹævɪdʒ/

ravage (ravages, present participle ravaging; past and past participle ravaged)

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive) To pillage or sack something, to lay waste to something.
  3. (intransitive) To wreak destruction.
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ravage (plural ravages)

  1. Grievous damage or havoc.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 3, scene 2]:
  2. Depredation or devastation
    the ravage of a lion; the ravages of fire or tempest; the ravages of an army, or of time
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