Ravage, ruin, as in The hurricane laid waste the entire seashore. Originally referring to the devastation caused by attackers, this term has come to be used more generally.
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When twelve people are killed by violence, whoever they are, for whatever reason, that is a tragedy and a waste.
One police officer was coolly dispatched as he lay wounded on the sidewalk.
Lay the butterflied pork loin on the cutting board with the fat cap facing down.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries|Carla Hall|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First, though, he has to be shocked into recognizing the barren waste of his spiritual life – by spirits.
The cop lay open-eyed with a grievous head wound as Johnson again checked for a pulse.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is the principal waste-product of metabolism, and constitutes about one-half of all the solids excreted—about 30 gm.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
A small book, bound in full purple calf, lay half hidden in a nest of fine tissue paper on the dressing-table.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
The seed of discontent was again germinating under the duplicity of the Spanish lay and clerical authorities.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
At the sight, Felipe flung himself on his knees before her; he kissed the aged hands as they lay trembling in her lap.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
Alone Orlean lay trying vainly to forget something—something that stood like a spectre before her eyes.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux