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Ravage


RAV'AGE, noun [Latin rapio.]

1. Spoil; ruin; waste; destruction by violence, wither by men, beasts or physical causes; as the ravage of a lion; the ravages of fire or tempest; the ravages of an army.

Would one think 'twene possible for love to make such ravage in a noble soul.

2. Waste; ruin; destruction by decay; as the ravages of time.

RAV'AGE, verb transitive

1. To spoil; to plunder; to pillage; to sack.

Already Cesar has ravag'd more than half the globe!

2. To lay waste by any violent force; as, a flood or inundation ravages the meadows.

The shatter'd forest and the ravag'd vale.

3. to waste or destroy by eating; as fields ravaged by swarms of locusts.