Definition of ravage in English:

ravage

Syllabification: rav·age
Pronunciation: /ˈravij
 
/

verb

[with object]

noun

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  • 1The severely damaging or destructive effects of something: his face had withstood the ravages of time
    More example sentences
    • No more than a shell, it sits almost apologetically, ruined by the ravages of time.
    • Did it all just fall apart, ruined by the ravages of time and neglect?
    • It's even less fair to airbrush a 60-year-old celebrity and present her as someone who's managed to avoid the ravages of time.
    Synonyms
    damaging effects, ill effects
  • 1.1Acts of destruction: the ravages committed by man
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    • Countless multitudes suffer the ravages of war in Somalia.
    • While Sitka spruce can withstand the ravages inflicted by deer, other species are not so hardy.
    • Few expected the ravages of war, and none expected the deprivation of imprisonment.
    Synonyms
    acts of destruction, destruction, damage, devastation, ruin, havoc, depredation(s)

Derivatives

ravager

noun
More example sentences
  • On my way to see the Viking ships in Oslo, the guide emphasised that the Vikings were not the ravagers and looters of myth but influential adventurers who created elegant artefacts.
  • Let not this age be remembered by those who will come after us as an age where killers of the innocent and ravagers of the weak reigned terror upon the world.
  • I should just come home and help clean up the damage done by the ravagers.

Origin

early 17th century: from French ravager, from earlier ravage, alteration of ravine 'rush of water'.

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