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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How to use lay waste in a sentence
This weekend, you can see Sly lay waste to hundreds of fools in The Expendables 3.Rambo Hates Guns: How Sylvester Stallone Became the Most Anti-Gun Celeb in Hollywood | Asawin Suebsaeng | August 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Haste, and the taste of impending political doom lay waste to the truth.Why Believe Romney Now, After His Lies on Medicare, Bain & Taxes? | Robert Shrum | August 22, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
They declared that they would lay waste all the settlements on the Connecticut,—meaning, it seems, to begin with Hatfield.A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I | Francis Parkman
The Master said, To tell unto the dust all that we hear upon the way is to lay waste the mind.The Sayings Of Confucius | Confucius
In consequence of these, and other ravages at a later period, the whole region lay waste for a long season.Great Events in the History of North and South America | Charles A. Goodrich
Bothvar said, "This hall is not so well arrayed as I thought, if one beast can lay waste the kingdom and the cattle of the king."Beowulf | R. W. Chambers
Sometimes they congregate in swarms, like locusts, and migrate from one locality to another, when they lay waste everything.The Insect World | Louis Figuier