- 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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Related Wordsdemolish, devastate, consume, wreck, overwhelm, raze, ruin, shatter, damage, impair, plunder, pillage, gut, disrupt, overrun, desolate, forage, exterminate, wrest, rob
Examples from the Web for ravaging
The truth is that a horrific, incurable virus is ravaging Guinea—and at least three other countries in West Africa.The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers
September 20, 2014
“We resemble a successful lichen, a ravaging bloom of algae, a mold enveloping a fruit,” reads the text.The Hottest Show on Earth
December 10, 2009
The years 1239 and 1240 were spent in ravaging southern Russia.The Story of Russia
R. Van Bergen, M.A.
It surprised her to hear that it was ravaging an island like Inishrua.Lady Bountiful
George A. Birmingham
Bands of marauders were ravaging the gardens of the countryside.Putois
The city will be taken, the looting and ravaging already begun.Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation
S. D. Gordon
An epidemic was ravaging the town, and he was urged to go away.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times
Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
- to cause extensive damage to
- (often plural) destructive actionthe ravages of time
Word Origin and History for ravaging
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.