ravage


ravage
ravage [rav′ij]
n.
[Fr < OFr ravir: see RAVISH]
1. the act or practice of violently destroying; destruction
2. [usually pl.] ruin; devastating damage [the ravages of time]
vt.
ravaged, ravaging [Fr ravager < RAVAGE the n.]
to destroy violently; ruin
vi.
to commit ravages
ravager
n.
SYN.- RAVAGE implies violent destruction, usually in a series of depredations or over an extended period of time, as by an army or a plague; DEVASTATE stresses the total ruin and desolation resulting from a ravaging; PLUNDER refers to the forcible taking of loot by an invading or conquering army; SACK2 and PILLAGE both specifically suggest violent destruction and plunder by an invading or conquering army, SACK1 implying the total stripping of all valuables in a city or town; DESPOIL is equivalent to SACK1 but is usually used with reference to buildings, institutions, etc.

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