To ravage is to destroy something or cause severe destruction.(verb)
When you burn down and destroy a city, this is an example of a situation where you ravage the city.
See ravage in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr < OFr ravir: see ravish
See ravage in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb rav·aged, rav·ag·ing, rav·ages verb, transitive
Origin: French ravager
Origin: , from Old French, to uproot
Origin: , from ravir, to ravish; see ravish.
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