- 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 ravages
The unemployed have a right to be anxious about the ravages on their families exacted by their unemployment.Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!
November 2, 2014
Here he is describing the state of the body when it is hauled ashore: “Its humanity had been lost to the ravages of nature.”This Week’s Hot Reads: March 3, 2014
March 3, 2014
It was simply a reaction to the ravages of war and an expression of fear that this conflict might never end.Ted Cruz's War on Context
January 31, 2013
We have gone a long way towards mitigating the ravages of nature.Why Did the Markets Close?
October 30, 2012
A surge of hormones floods their body and ravages the heart.‘Zoobiquity’: What Animals Can Teach Us About Our Health
June 17, 2012
He looked into his own heart—he was almost afraid to look—and saw the ravages of disease there.Life in London
She stood under the chandelier, and he saw at once the ravages that trouble had made in her.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In the Coupeau household the vitriol of l'Assommoir was also commencing its ravages.L'Assommoir
The ravages to which her heart was subjected, proved still more terrible.Therese Raquin
The war was such that all dwelling in the midst of its ravages must choose their side.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
- to cause extensive damage to
- (often plural) destructive actionthe ravages of time
Word Origin and History for ravages
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.