Rav·age n. Desolation by violence; violent ruin or destruction; devastation; havoc; waste; as, the ravage of a lion; the ravages of fire or tempest; the ravages of an army, or of time.
Would one think 't were possible for love
To make such ravage in a noble soul? --Addison.
Syn: -- Despoilment; devastation; desolation; pillage; plunder; spoil; waste; ruin.
Rav·age, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ravaged p. pr. & vb. n. Ravaging ] To lay waste by force; to desolate by violence; to commit havoc or devastation upon; to spoil; to plunder; to consume.
Has ravaged more than half the globe. --Addison.
His lands were daily ravaged, his cattle driven away. --Macaulay.
Syn: -- To despoil; pillage; plunder; sack; spoil; devastate; desolate; destroy; waste; ruin.
n : (usually plural) a destructive action; "the ravages of
time"; "the depradations of age and disease" [syn: depredation]
v 1: make a pillaging or destructive raid on (a place), as in
wartimes [syn: harry]
2: devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside
after the invasion" [syn: lay waste to, waste, devastate,