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ravage (v.)

"devastate, lay waste, despoil," 1610s, from French ravager "lay waste, devastate," from Old French ravage "destruction," especially by flood (14c.), from ravir "to take away hastily" (see ravish). Related: Ravaged; ravaging.

ravage (n.)

"desolation or destruction wrought by the violent action of men or beasts," or by time, grief, etc., 1610s, from French ravage "destruction" (14c.), from ravir "to take away hastily" (see ravish). Related: Ravages (by 1771).

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Definitions of ravage from WordNet
1
ravage (v.)
make a pillaging or destructive raid on (a place), as in wartimes;
Synonyms: harry
ravage (v.)
cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly;
Synonyms: lay waste to / waste / devastate / desolate / scourge
2
ravage (n.)
(usually plural) a destructive action;
the ravages of time
Synonyms: depredation
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