Definition of


  1. (noun, event) (usually plural) a destructive action
    the depredations of age and disease
  2. (verb, change) make a pillaging or destructive raid on (a place), as in wartimes
  3. (verb, change) cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

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Alternate forms of Ravage

Derivations: ravage, ravaging

Hyponyms: ruin

Hypernyms: demolition, destroy, destruction, ruin, wipeout

Origin of the word Ravage

  1. 1611, from Fr. ravager "lay waste, devastate," from O.Fr. ravage "destruction," especially by flood, 14c., from ravir "to take away hastily" (see ravish). more

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