- 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 ravager
All the crops, as far as it extended its flight, fell before this ravager.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. I (of 4)
What a good thing it was he had not killed the ravager of his home!The Money Master, Complete
This checked the hounds for a moment, but Ravager cast forward, and presently they came on faster than ever.
He looked back at the pack working out his line in the fields below him, and saw that Ravager was at their head.
We speak with dread of the beasts of prey: what beast of prey is so dire a ravager as man,—so cruel and so treacherous?A Strange Story, Complete
- to cause extensive damage to
- (often plural) destructive actionthe ravages of time
Word Origin and History for ravager
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.