ravage

[ rav-ij ]
/ ˈræv ɪdʒ /

verb (used with object), rav·aged, rav·ag·ing.

to work havoc upon; damage or mar by ravages: a face ravaged by grief.

verb (used without object), rav·aged, rav·ag·ing.

to work havoc; do ruinous damage.

noun

havoc; ruinous damage: the ravages of war.
devastating or destructive action.

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Origin of ravage

First recorded in 1605–15; from French, Middle French, equivalent to rav(ir) “to snatch away, ravish” + -age noun suffix; see ravish, -age

synonym study for ravage

1. Ravage, devastate, lay waste all refer, in their literal application, to the wholesale destruction of a countryside by an invading army (or something comparable). Lay waste has remained the closest to the original meaning of destruction of land: The invading army laid waste the towns along the coast. But ravage and devastate are used in reference to other types of violent destruction and may also have a purely figurative application. Ravage is often used of the results of epidemics: The Black Plague ravaged 14th-century Europe; and even of the effect of disease or suffering on the human countenance: a face ravaged by despair. Devastate, in addition to its concrete meaning ( vast areas devastated by bombs ), may be used figuratively: a devastating remark.

OTHER WORDS FROM ravage

rav·age·ment, nounrav·ag·er, nounun·rav·aged, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ravage

ravage , ravish
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British Dictionary definitions for ravage

ravage
/ (ˈrævɪdʒ) /

verb

to cause extensive damage to

noun

(often plural) destructive actionthe ravages of time

Derived forms of ravage

ravagement, nounravager, noun

Word Origin for ravage

C17: from French, from Old French ravir to snatch away, ravish
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