Definition of ravage in English:



  • Cause severe and extensive damage to.

    ‘fears that a war could ravage their country’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1390 a great plague ravaged the country.’
    • ‘Nothing actually stopped this Viking invasion until 892, when pestilence so ravaged the army that they finally dispersed.’
    • ‘In those days, Europe was periodically ravaged by plagues.’
    • ‘During these years, both sides ravaged the countryside in an attempt to starve the enemy.’
    • ‘His squad were ravaged by injury, although he didn't seek to use this as an excuse.’
    • ‘The Guru's tender body was ravaged by the disease.’
    • ‘Two kings lost their thrones and the country was periodically ravaged by civil war.’
    • ‘Darkness unleashed, it ravaged the land, destroying everything in its path.’
    • ‘Thus Demons found their way into the world, and great magic ravaged the lands.’
    • ‘But in an economy ravaged by two decades of war, jobs are scarce.’
    • ‘Britain tried to implement various formulas to bring independence to a land ravaged by violence.’
    • ‘Rabies so ravaged the population that there were very few raccoons left.’
    • ‘Henan is one of the provinces most ravaged by HIV / AIDS in China.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 severely damaging or destructive effects of something.

    ‘his face had withstood the ravages of time’
    • ‘I prayed that they might be spared the ravages of Ebola epidemics.’
    • ‘Almost miraculously, these structures were spared the ravages of the 1906 earthquake.’
    • ‘Hinduism has survived the ravages of thousands of years in spite of its own inherent weaknesses.’
    • ‘And one more thing, how come that Scotland and Wales escape the worst ravages of Global warming?’
    • ‘Has the Ark, or some of it, survived the ravages of time in some form?’
    • ‘No more than a shell, it sits almost apologetically, ruined by the ravages of time.’
    • ‘When Pensacola suffered the ravages of a fire, the French again sent relief.’
    • ‘Every living creature, including plants, must contend with the ravages of diseases and parasites.’
    • ‘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 granite base is intact, and has withstood the constant ravages of time.’
    • ‘The only way to escape the ravages of the plague is to find a place the zombies can't reach.’
    • ‘How about a storage system that can withstand the ravages of constant change?’
    • ‘He had endured the ravages of cancer bravely and patiently till the end.’
    • ‘Did it all just fall apart, ruined by the ravages of time and neglect?’
    • ‘Younger women are also not immune to the ravages of this disease.’
    • ‘No business is spared the ravages of these elements.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
      • ‘Few expected the ravages of war, and none expected the deprivation of imprisonment.’
      • ‘Countless multitudes suffer the ravages of war in Somalia.’
      • ‘Eventually, though, nature's sudden ravages are repaired, a little bit at a time.’
      • ‘While Sitka spruce can withstand the ravages inflicted by deer, other species are not so hardy.’
      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’.