- 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 ravaged
That lasts about five years, in which time the place has been altered, developed, and ravaged just enough to make you mad.Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?
September 19, 2014
Ten years ago, a population of gorillas in Central Africa was ravaged by the deadly virus.How Gorillas Are Outsmarting Ebola
September 1, 2014
A madman has just ravaged an elementary school in Connecticut, leaving 20 children and six faculty dead in his wake.Why Presidents Need Prayer
February 17, 2014
In Across the Ravaged Land, Nick Brandt captures the stone remains of wildlife that Africa is losing.
Some of the rangers are featured in Across the Ravaged Land holding up the ivory they have seized.
Not in a day nor a generation were the ravaged sheepfolds to be forgotten.White Fang
She set a hand on his shoulder, and looked down into his ravaged, haggard countenance.The Snare
He ravaged the seas within cannon-shot of English headlands.The Naval History of the United States
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A dreadful pestilence, which ravaged Gwynedd or North Wales in 560.The Sleeping Bard
Probably the year in question was 1645, when the district was ravaged with the pestilence.
- to cause extensive damage to
- (often plural) destructive actionthe ravages of time
Word Origin and History for ravaged
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.