ravages


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rav·age

 (răv′ĭj)
v. rav·aged, rav·ag·ing, rav·ages
v.tr.
1. To bring heavy destruction on; devastate: A tornado ravaged the town.
2. To pillage; sack: Enemy soldiers ravaged the village.
v.intr.
To wreak destruction.
n.
1. The act or practice of pillaging or destroying: the marauders' ravage of the village.
2.
a. Destruction, damage, or harm: The storm resulted in the ravage of the countryside.
b. ravages Destructive or harmful effects: the ravages of disease.

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

rav′ag·er n.

ravages

(ˈrævɪdʒɪz)
pl n
the ravages of something the destructive effects of something
Translations

ravages

[ˈrævɪdʒɪz] nplravages mpl
the ravages of time → les ravages du temps
the ravages of war → les ravages de la guerre

ravages

[ˈrævɪdʒɪz] npl (frm) → danni mpl
the ravages of time → le offese or ingiurie del tempo
References in classic literature ?
In the meantime Telegonus, while travelling in search of his father, lands on Ithaca and ravages the island: Odysseus comes out to defend his country, but is killed by his son unwittingly.
A state like this would ever be exposed to the invasions of those who were powerful and inclined to attack it; but, as has been already mentioned, its situation preserves it, as it is free from the inroads of foreigners; and for this reason the family slaves still remain quiet at Crete, while the Helots are perpetually revolting: for the Cretans take no part in foreign affairs, and it is but lately that any foreign troops have made an attack upon the island; and their ravages soon proved the ineffectualness of their laws.
On every side lay cultivated fields showing no sign of war and war's ravages.
I survived, through no personal virtue, but because I did not have the chemistry of a dipsomaniac and because I possessed an organism unusually resistant to the ravages of John Barleycorn.
You must guard the tree for nine days and nine nights from the ravages of two wild black wolves, who will try to harm it.
Miss Haldane met this difficulty with a suggestion, which could only have proceeded from a judgment already disturbed by the ravages of the tender passion.
The country thereabout had suffered severely from the ravages of war, having been occupied alternately
He who is the religious advocate of marriage robs whole millions of its sacred influence, and leaves them to the ravages of wholesale pollution.
Among these nations the Galles, who first alarmed the world in 1542, have remarkably distinguished themselves by the ravages they have committed, and the terror they have raised in this part of Africa.
Fortunately, in these regions, there is some sort of compensation for their ravages, since the natives gather these insects in great numbers and greedily eat them.
He examined many things minutely--strange tools and weapons, books, paper, clothing-- what little had withstood the ravages of time in the humid atmosphere of the jungle coast.
While they are conquering Oz I'll get the Magic Belt, and then only the Nomes will remain to ravage the country.