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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

      1. To impair or destroy the value or quality of; ruin:
      2. To harm the character of (a child) by overindulgence or leniency.
      3. To plunder; despoil.
      1. A farm implement consisting of a heavy frame with sharp teeth or upright disks, used to break up and even off plowed ground.
      2. To break up and level (soil or land) with a harrow.
      3. To inflict great distress or torment on.
      1. To remove clothing or covering from:
      2. To remove or take off (clothing or covering):
      3. To remove an exterior coating, as of paint or varnish, from:
      1. to rob, plunder, or despoil
      1. A bag, especially one made of strong material for holding grain or objects in bulk.
      2. The amount that a sack can hold:
      3. A short loose-fitting garment for women and children.
      1. The crime of using force or the threat of force to compel a person to submit to sexual intercourse.
      2. The crime of using force or threat of force to compel a person to submit to some other sexual penetration.
      3. Other unlawful sexual intercourse or penetration, as with an unconscious person or person below the age of or incapable of consent.
      1. To search through (something) thoroughly and often roughly:
      2. To go through (a place) stealing valuables and causing disarray; pillage:
      1. To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; pillage:
      2. To seize wrongfully or by force; steal:
      3. To take booty; rob.
      1. To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; plunder.
      2. To take as spoils.
      3. To take spoils by force.
      1. Valuables pillaged in time of war; spoils.
      2. Stolen goods or money.
      3. Things of value, such as gifts, received.
      1. Widespread destruction; devastation.
      2. Disorder or chaos:
      3. To destroy or pillage.
      1. To deprive of something valuable, especially by force; rob:
      2. To ruin, especially by destroying or removing what is valuable:
      1. To ransack; plunder.
      2. To engage in plundering.

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