The family's belongings were destroyed when their house was razed by the fire.
When you burn a house to the ground, this is an example of raze.
transitive verbrazed, raz′ing
- Archaic to scrape or graze; wound slightly
- Now Rare to scrape or shave off; erase
- to tear down completely; level to the ground; demolish
Origin of razeMiddle English rasen from Old French raser from Vulgar Latin an unverified form rasare, to shave, scrape, frequentative from Classical Latin rasus, past participle of radere, to scrape: see rat
transitive verbrazed, raz·ing, raz·es, also rased ras·ing ras·es
- To level to the ground; demolish. See Synonyms at destroy.
- Archaic a. To scrape or shave off.b. To erase.
Origin of razeMiddle English rasen to scrape off from Old French raser from Vulgar Latin rāsāre frequentative of Latin rādere ; see rash 2.
(third-person singular simple present razes, present participle razing, simple past and past participle razed)
- To demolish; to level to the ground.
- The word "˜laconic' derives from Lakon (“person from Lakonia") the district around Sparta in southern Greece in ancient times, whose inhabitants were famous for their brevity of speech. When Philip of Macedon threatened them with, “If I enter Laconia, I will raze Sparta," the Spartans' reply was, “If."
- To scrape as if with a razor.
From Old French raser
- Obsolete spelling of race (rhizome of ginger).