- To ravage is to destroy something or cause severe destruction.
When you burn down and destroy a city, this is an example of a situation where you ravage the city.
- the act or practice of violently destroying; destruction
- ruin; devastating damage: the ravages of time
Origin of ravageFrench ; from Old French ravir: see ravish
verbrav·aged, rav·ag·ing, rav·ages
- To bring heavy destruction on; devastate: A tornado ravaged the town.
- To pillage; sack: Enemy soldiers ravaged the village.
- 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.
Origin of ravageFrench ravager, from Old French, to uproot, from ravir, to ravish; see ravish.
(third-person singular simple present ravages, present participle ravaging, simple past and past participle ravaged)