from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring heavy destruction on; devastate: A tornado ravaged the town.
  • transitive v. To pillage; sack: Enemy soldiers ravaged the village.
  • intransitive v. To wreak destruction.
  • n. The act or practice of pillaging, destroying, or devastating.
  • n. Grievous damage; havoc: the ravages of disease.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To devastate or destroy something
  • v. To pillage or sack something, to lay waste to something
  • v. To wreak destruction
  • n. Grievous damage or havoc
  • n. Depredation or devastation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Desolation by violence; violent ruin or destruction; devastation; havoc; waste
  • transitive v. To lay waste by force; to desolate by violence; to commit havoc or devastation upon; to spoil; to plunder; to consume.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To desolate violently; lay waste, as by force, storm, etc.; commit havoc on; devastate; pillage; despoil.
  • Synonyms To plunder, waste. See the noun.
  • n. Desolation or destruction wrought by the violent action of men or beasts, or by physical or moral causes; devastation; havoc; waste; ruin: as, the ravage of a lion; the ravages of fire or tempest; the ravages of an invading army; the ravages of passion or grief.
  • n. Synonyms Pillage, plunder, spoliation, despoilment. These words all apply not to the treatment of people directly, but to the destruction or appropriation of property.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
  • v. make a pillaging or destructive raid on (a place), as in wartimes
  • n. (usually plural) a destructive action


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French ravager, from Old French, to uproot, from ravir, to ravish; see ravish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French ravage ("ravage, havoc, spoil"), from ravir ("to bear away suddenly"), from Latin rapere ("to snatch, seize"), akin to Ancient Greek ἁρπάζω (arpazō, "to seize")


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