- to work havoc upon; damage or mar by ravages: a face ravaged by grief.
- to work havoc; do ruinous damage.
- havoc; ruinous damage: the ravages of war.
- devastating or destructive action.
Origin of ravage
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Examples from the Web for ravage
It also can ravage entire public health systems meant to bring children safely into the world.The Only Thing More Terrifying Than Ebola Is Being Pregnant With Ebola
Kent Sepkowitz, Abby Haglage
October 2, 2014
Perhaps this last abomination had been needed to ravage and cure him.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
They provoke no wars, they ravage no countries, they pursue no plunder.Tacitus on Germany
Disease began to ravage, with new violence, his exhausted frame.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
Why are they suffered to ravage the whole country at their will?'Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
It is that you will spare one house in Italy from ravage and destruction.The Lion's Brood
- to cause extensive damage to
- (often plural) destructive actionthe ravages of time
Word Origin and History for ravage
1610s, from French ravager "lay waste, devastate," from Old French ravage "destruction," especially by flood (14c.), from ravir "to take away hastily" (see ravish). Related: Ravaged; ravaging.
1610s, from French ravage "destruction" (see ravage (v.)). Related: Ravages.