"ravage" in the noun sense
1. ravage, depredation
usually plural) a destructive action
"the ravages of time"
"the depredations of age and disease"
"ravage" in the verb sense
1. harry, ravage
make a pillaging or destructive raid on (a place), as in wartimes
2. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge
cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
"The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
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