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v. rav·aged, rav·ag·ing, rav·ages
1. To bring heavy destruction on; devastate: A tornado ravaged the town.
2. To pillage; sack: Enemy soldiers ravaged the village.
To wreak destruction.
1. The act or practice of pillaging or destroying: the marauders' ravage of the village.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ravaging - plundering with excessive damage and destructionravaging - plundering with excessive damage and destruction
pillaging, plundering, pillage - the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"
Adj.1.ravaging - ruinously destructive and wasting; "a ravaging illness"
destructive - causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"
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