Definition of ravage in English:



  • Cause severe and extensive damage to.

    ‘the hurricane ravaged southern Florida’
    • ‘Nothing actually stopped this Viking invasion until 892, when pestilence so ravaged the army that they finally dispersed.’
    • ‘The trees will be planted in small natural openings and areas ravaged by fires or logging.’
    • ‘Bush was expected to arrive in Florida today to tour areas ravaged by hurricane Ivan.’
    • ‘Once regarded as the economic miracle of West Africa, his country is ravaged by civil war.’
    • ‘But not even Ricky Williams could prosper behind this line, ravaged by injuries and inconsistent play.’
    • ‘His squad were ravaged by injury, although he didn't seek to use this as an excuse.’
    • ‘Darkness unleashed, it ravaged the land, destroying everything in its path.’
    • ‘After the British evacuated, patriots returned to ruined properties and a city ravaged by fires.’
    • ‘She has just begun chemotherapy and her immune system is so ravaged that the most innocuous virus could kill her.’
    • ‘But in an economy ravaged by two decades of war, jobs are scarce.’
    • ‘In those days, Europe was periodically ravaged by plagues.’
    • ‘Henan is one of the provinces most ravaged by HIV / AIDS in China.’
    • ‘Hurricane Ivan is also widely expected to hit the already ravaged State of Florida.’
    • ‘The Guru's tender body was ravaged by the disease.’
    • ‘Britain tried to implement various formulas to bring independence to a land ravaged by violence.’
    • ‘Thus Demons found their way into the world, and great magic ravaged the lands.’
    • ‘Rabies so ravaged the population that there were very few raccoons left.’
    • ‘Two kings lost their thrones and the country was periodically ravaged by civil war.’
    • ‘During these years, both sides ravaged the countryside in an attempt to starve the enemy.’
    • ‘In 1390 a great plague ravaged the country.’
    lay waste, devastate, ruin, leave in ruins, destroy, wreak havoc on, leave desolate, level, raze, demolish, wipe out, wreck, damage
    devastated, ruined, wrecked, desolate
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  • 1The destructive effects of something.

    ‘his face had withstood the ravages of time’
    • ‘No business is spared the ravages of these elements.’
    • ‘No more than a shell, it sits almost apologetically, ruined by the ravages of time.’
    • ‘Even the English king Edward I failed to escape the ravages of foot-and-mouth.’
    • ‘Hinduism has survived the ravages of thousands of years in spite of its own inherent weaknesses.’
    • ‘I prayed that they might be spared the ravages of Ebola epidemics.’
    • ‘Who, amongst us, is invulnerable to the ravages of disease?’
    • ‘Every living creature, including plants, must contend with the ravages of diseases and parasites.’
    • ‘Has the Ark, or some of it, survived the ravages of time in some form?’
    • ‘The only way to escape the ravages of the plague is to find a place the zombies can't reach.’
    • ‘He had endured the ravages of cancer bravely and patiently till the end.’
    • ‘How about a storage system that can withstand the ravages of constant change?’
    • ‘It's even less fair to airbrush a 60-year-old celebrity and present her as someone who's managed to avoid the ravages of time.’
    • ‘Did it all just fall apart, ruined by the ravages of time and neglect?’
    • ‘The granite base is intact, and has withstood the constant ravages of time.’
    • ‘And one more thing, how come that Scotland and Wales escape the worst ravages of Global warming?’
    • ‘Almost miraculously, these structures were spared the ravages of the 1906 earthquake.’
    • ‘Back in 1992, my brother was hospitalized, his body wracked by the ravages of AIDS.’
    • ‘When Pensacola suffered the ravages of a fire, the French again sent relief.’
    • ‘Younger women are also not immune to the ravages of this disease.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for him, icons are not supposed to succumb to the ravages of age.’
    damaging effects, ill effects, scars
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    1. 1.1 Acts of destruction.
      ‘the ravages committed by man’
      • ‘One simple problem is that there is nothing funny about the ravages of war.’
      • ‘Nature repairs her ravages - repairs them with her sunshine and with human labour.’
      • ‘Countless multitudes suffer the ravages of war in Somalia.’
      • ‘While Sitka spruce can withstand the ravages inflicted by deer, other species are not so hardy.’
      • ‘Few expected the ravages of war, and none expected the deprivation of imprisonment.’
      • ‘Eventually, though, nature's sudden ravages are repaired, a little bit at a time.’
      acts of destruction, destruction, damage, devastation, ruin, havoc, depredation, depredations, wreckage
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Early 17th century: from French ravager, from earlier ravage, alteration of ravine ‘rush of water’.