Definition of ravage in English:



[with object]
  • Cause severe and extensive damage to.

    ‘the hurricane ravaged southern Florida’
    • ‘The trees will be planted in small natural openings and areas ravaged by fires or logging.’
    • ‘But in an economy ravaged by two decades of war, jobs are scarce.’
    • ‘Rabies so ravaged the population that there were very few raccoons left.’
    • ‘Bush was expected to arrive in Florida today to tour areas ravaged by hurricane Ivan.’
    • ‘Thus Demons found their way into the world, and great magic ravaged the lands.’
    • ‘Henan is one of the provinces most ravaged by HIV / AIDS in China.’
    • ‘In those days, Europe was periodically ravaged by plagues.’
    • ‘Nothing actually stopped this Viking invasion until 892, when pestilence so ravaged the army that they finally dispersed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After the British evacuated, patriots returned to ruined properties and a city ravaged by fires.’
    • ‘Two kings lost their thrones and the country was periodically ravaged by civil war.’
    • ‘She has just begun chemotherapy and her immune system is so ravaged that the most innocuous virus could kill her.’
    • ‘But not even Ricky Williams could prosper behind this line, ravaged by injuries and inconsistent play.’
    • ‘Once regarded as the economic miracle of West Africa, his country is ravaged by civil war.’
    • ‘In 1390 a great plague ravaged the country.’
    • ‘During these years, both sides ravaged the countryside in an attempt to starve the enemy.’
    • ‘Darkness unleashed, it ravaged the land, destroying everything in its path.’
    • ‘His squad were ravaged by injury, although he didn't seek to use this as an excuse.’
    • ‘Hurricane Ivan is also widely expected to hit the already ravaged State of Florida.’
    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’
    • ‘Has the Ark, or some of it, survived the ravages of time in some form?’
    • ‘No business is spared the ravages of these elements.’
    • ‘Did it all just fall apart, ruined by the ravages of time and neglect?’
    • ‘No more than a shell, it sits almost apologetically, ruined by the ravages of time.’
    • ‘And one more thing, how come that Scotland and Wales escape the worst ravages of Global warming?’
    • ‘Unfortunately for him, icons are not supposed to succumb to the ravages of age.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Even the English king Edward I failed to escape the ravages of foot-and-mouth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The granite base is intact, and has withstood the constant ravages of time.’
    • ‘Hinduism has survived the ravages of thousands of years in spite of its own inherent weaknesses.’
    • ‘Almost miraculously, these structures were spared the ravages of the 1906 earthquake.’
    • ‘Who, amongst us, is invulnerable to the ravages of disease?’
    • ‘Back in 1992, my brother was hospitalized, his body wracked by the ravages of AIDS.’
    • ‘The only way to escape the ravages of the plague is to find a place the zombies can't reach.’
    • ‘Younger women are also not immune to the ravages of this disease.’
    • ‘I prayed that they might be spared the ravages of Ebola epidemics.’
    • ‘Every living creature, including plants, must contend with the ravages of diseases and parasites.’
    • ‘When Pensacola suffered the ravages of a fire, the French again sent relief.’
    damaging effects, ill effects, scars
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    1. 1.1 Acts of destruction.
      ‘the ravages committed by man’
      • ‘Countless multitudes suffer the ravages of war in Somalia.’
      • ‘One simple problem is that there is nothing funny about the ravages of war.’
      • ‘While Sitka spruce can withstand the ravages inflicted by deer, other species are not so hardy.’
      • ‘Eventually, though, nature's sudden ravages are repaired, a little bit at a time.’
      • ‘Few expected the ravages of war, and none expected the deprivation of imprisonment.’
      • ‘Nature repairs her ravages - repairs them with her sunshine and with human labour.’
      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’.