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[rav-ij] /ˈræv ɪdʒ/

verb (used with object), ravaged, ravaging.
to work havoc upon; damage or mar by ravages:
a face ravaged by grief.
verb (used without object), ravaged, ravaging.
to work havoc; do ruinous damage.
havoc; ruinous damage:
the ravages of war.
devastating or destructive action.
to cause extensive damage to
(often pl) destructive action: the ravages of time

1610s, from French ravager “lay waste, devastate,” from Old French ravage “destruction,” especially by flood (14c.), from ravir “to take away hastily” (see ravish). Related: Ravaged; ravaging.

1610s, from French ravage “destruction” (see ravage (v.)). Related: Ravages.


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