AskDefine | Define ravage

Dictionary Definition

ravage n : (usually plural) a destructive action; "the ravages of time"; "the depradations of age and disease" [syn: depredation]


1 make a pillaging or destructive raid on (a place), as in wartimes [syn: harry]
2 devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion" [syn: lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, scourge]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To devastate or destroy something
  2. To pillage or sack something, to lay waste to something
  3. To wreak destruction


To devastate or destroy something
To pillage or sack something, to lay waste to something
To wreak destruction


Grievous damage or havoc
Depredation or devastation




fr-noun m
  1. singular of ravages
  2. The act of laying waste.


  1. Form of First- and third-person singular indicative present, ravager
  2. Form of First- and third-person singular subjunctive present, ravager
  3. Form of Ordinary second-person singular imperative present, ravager

Extensive Definition

Ravage may refer to:
ravage in French: Ravage

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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