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.]
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