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Definition to destroy or damage; or damaging effects

More rarely, ravage can reference pillaging or plundering as is done by an invading army that takes things of value and destroys what is left.
  • Flames ravaged their home.
ravaged = destroyed or badly damaged
  • The ravages of climate change.
  • The country was ravaged by AIDS.
  • the ravages of time
  • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • ravaged = destroyed or damaged
  • She got out her curling irons and lighted the gas and went to work repairing the ravages made by generosity added to love.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Magi
  • ravages = damages
  • Conclusion Nature repairs her ravages,—repairs them with her sunshine, and with human labor.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • We went to war when Lannister armies were ravaging the riverlands, and Ned was a prisoner, falsely accused of treason.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Mrs. Hudnall, whose motherly face showed the ravages of grief, greeted him in a way that made Tom ashamed of how he had forgotten these good people.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • The two Americans walked across the ravaged old square, away from the dim light into complete darkness.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The pox had ravaged his face badly, and the beard he'd grown to hide the scars was thin and scraggly.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • He who is the religious advocate of marriage robs whole millions of its sacred influence, and leaves them to the ravages of wholesale pollution.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The lack of oxygen ravaged her body for long seconds, and she didn't try to stop death.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • The wars in Afghanistan have ravaged the roads connecting Kabul, Herat, and Kandahar.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Strength of mind and body involuntarily resisted the ravages of this catastrophe.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • They try to smile at me, but even Venia can't conceal her shock at my ravaged mutt body.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Indeed I saw many ravages, but I never said.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • A furious storm, he knew not what, seemed to ravage inside him.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • It was then that Langdon saw the ravaged shreds of parchment clinging all over the lining of his jacket.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • If Percy attacked the giant, the hydra would ravage the city.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena

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