1. [syn: ravaging, devastation]
1. ruinously destructive and wasting;
- Example: "a ravaging illness"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ravage \Rav"age\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ravaged
(r[a^]v"[asl]jd); p. pr. & vb. n. Ravaging
(r[a^]v"[asl]*j[i^]ng).] [F. ravager. See Ravage, n.]
To lay waste by force; to desolate by violence; to commit
havoc or devastation upon; to spoil; to plunder; to consume.
Has ravaged more than half the globe. --Addison.
His lands were daily ravaged, his cattle driven away.
Syn: To despoil; pillage; plunder; sack; spoil; devastate;
desolate; destroy; waste; ruin.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: ruinously destructive and wasting; "a ravaging illness"
n 1: plundering with excessive damage and destruction [syn: