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Another word for ravage

  1. To destroy completely as or as if by conquering

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  2. To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war

Another word for ravage

Synonym Study

  • Despoil also implies the stripping of valuables but is typically used with reference to buildings, institutions, regions, etc.
  • Sack and pillage both specifically suggest violent destruction and plunder by an invading or conquering army, sack implying the total stripping of all valuables in a city or town
  • Plunder refers to the forcible taking of loot by an invading or conquering army
  • Devastate stresses the total ruin and desolation resulting from ravaging
  • Ravage implies violent destruction, usually in a series of depredations or over an extended period of time, as by an army, plague, or natural disaster