verb (used with object), rav·aged, rav·ag·ing.
- to work havoc upon; damage or mar by ravages: a face ravaged by grief.
verb (used without object), rav·aged, rav·ag·ing.
- to work havoc; do ruinous damage.
- havoc; ruinous damage: the ravages of war.
- devastating or destructive action.
- to cause extensive damage to
- (often plural) destructive actionthe 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.