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ravage

rav·age

ravage

pronunciation:
rae vihj
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ravaged, ravages, ravaging
definition: to damage or destroy, as by violent action.
The invaders ravaged the village.The forest fire ravaged the hillside.
synonyms:
destroy, devastate, lay waste, ruin, waste, wreck
similar words:
blight, consume, damage, demolish, desolate, harry, prey, rape, tear
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to cause damage or destruction, as by violent action; ruin.
similar words:
destroy, lay waste
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: (usu. pl.) the result of destruction; ruin.
the ravages of the bombing
 
synonyms:
destruction, devastation, ruins
definition 2: action that is ruinous; destruction.
the ravages of cancer
similar words:
depredation
derivations: ravagement (n.), ravager (n.)