verb (used with object), rav·aged, rav·ag·ing.
verb (used without object), rav·aged, rav·ag·ing.
Origin of ravage
Synonyms for ravage
Antonyms for ravage
Examples from the Web for ravager
A grey bear visited the folds at Hleithargarth; many such a ravager was there far and wide throughout the country.Beowulf|R. W. Chambers
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|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
In the centre of this circle was placed the Ravager of the World, and round it a rampart of shields.Harold, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He looked back at the pack working out his line in the fields below him, and saw that Ravager was at their head.Lives of the Fur Folk|M. D. Haviland
What a fury of destruction once the ravager is installed in the vegetable treasure-house!Social Life in the Insect World|J. H. Fabre
Word Origin for ravage
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.