Definition of ravaged in English:



  • 1Severely damaged; devastated.

    ‘he hopes to visit his ravaged homeland’
    • ‘There are also anti-Taliban fighters from the Hazara ethnic minority who control parts of the exquisite, ravaged Bamiyan valley.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Jack's trees (four in total) are ravaged by aphids.’
    • ‘Rain brought renewed fears of mudslides in areas ravaged by wildfires last year.’
    • ‘In those days, Europe was periodically ravaged by plagues.’
    • ‘Early 20 th-century photographs show a ravaged landscape.’
    • ‘From the 450s onward, Pericles rebuilt the city of Athens, a city ravaged by years of wars with the Persians.’
    • ‘Last year, on the back of two years of drought, Margaret's orchard was ravaged by severe frosts.’
    • ‘The small craft shivers within a pyrotechnic display of ravaged primary particles.’
    • ‘Councillor Colin Tandy spoke about various river sites which have been completely ravaged by vandals.’
    • ‘A pregnant woman told today of the devastating moment she returned home to find her York flat ravaged by fire.’
    • ‘A circular shape always either emerges from or sinks into a ravaged surface.’
    • ‘We are in a ravaged city, look out the window.’
    • ‘Every few minutes I think of Cuba about to be ravaged by Hurrican Ivan.’
    • ‘Mr Bush is expected to visit the ravaged Gulf Coast region, perhaps on Saturday.’
    • ‘Their country too was ravaged by war, by 35 years of Japanese imperialist occupation.’
    • ‘For three years, their homeland, already ravaged by a decade-long civil war, has suffered a catastrophic drought.’
    • ‘In 1918 the world had been ravaged by the First World War.’
    • ‘What they did was to start Women for Women International, a nonprofit group focused on empowering women whose countries were ravaged by war.’
    • ‘Residents who did evacuate, like Patrick Pollard, struggled to move around the ravaged areas.’
    • ‘The hardships of life inside mobile homes, which are being slowly ravaged by the salty sea air, seem to energise rather than depress the residents.’
    1. 1.1 Disfigured by age or illness.
      ‘the ravaged faces of the elderly cancer victims’
      • ‘Police interviewed the mother and photographed the boy's ravaged body.’
      • ‘In Oshakati, northern Namibia, we are being ravaged by HIV.’
      • ‘He lived in Glasgow, a city ravaged by the effects of that particular drug.’
      • ‘For those whose bodies have been ravaged by the infection, the disease's effects are life long.’
      • ‘A population ravaged by disease retards economic development substantially, making it very difficult for the government to preserve domestic tranquillity.’
      • ‘Images of John Paul II have shown him gaunt, pained and ravaged by Parkinson's disease and arthritis.’
      • ‘One part of me agrees, yes that in a completely hopeless case, ravaged by pain, this might be the merciful thing to do.’
      • ‘His body had been ravaged by the drugs.’
      • ‘Many widows in developing countries, in areas of conflict or in communities ravaged by HIV / AIDS are young or middle-aged.’
      • ‘In Cambodia, the lights of an operating theatre illuminate a body that has been ravaged by a landmine.’
      • ‘Today at the supermarket I noticed a woman whose skin looked ravaged by the sun.’
      • ‘She had eight operations in less than a month to remove the ravaged tissue and prevent the disease from spreading further.’
      • ‘Keeping alive 55 year olds ravaged by a lifetime of poverty is much less cost effective than removing children from poverty.’
      • ‘I pushed my famished, ravaged body onwards.’
      • ‘In 1925, Nome, Alaska, was ravaged by a diphtheria epidemic.’
      • ‘Vassell's recent career has been ravaged by injury.’
      • ‘Great in the summer as protectors, they're even better into the fall and winter to revives hair that's been ravaged by surf and sun.’
      • ‘By his 40's, he had turned into a ravaged scarecrow, unrepentant about the trail of sorrow he had left behind.’
      • ‘In his art Francis Bacon found beauty in unspeakable horror; his paintings of ravaged, bloodied bodies exposed our mortality.’
      • ‘The face that stared back at her was ravaged, bewildered, numb.’