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 for ravage
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ravage \Rav"age\ (r[a^]v"[asl]j; 48), n. [F., fr. (assumed) L.
     rapagium, rapaticum, fr. rapere to carry off by force, to
     ravish. See Rapacious, Ravish.]
     Desolation by violence; violent ruin or destruction;
     devastation; havoc; waste; as, the ravage of a lion; the
     ravages of fire or tempest; the ravages of an army, or of
     time.
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           Would one think 't were possible for love
           To make such ravage in a noble soul?     --Addison.
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     Syn: Despoilment; devastation; desolation; pillage; plunder;
          spoil; waste; ruin.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ravage \Rav"age\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ravaged
     (r[a^]v"[asl]jd); p. pr. & vb. n. Ravaging
     (r[a^]v"[asl]*j[i^]ng).] [F. ravager. See Ravage, n.]
     To lay waste by force; to desolate by violence; to commit
     havoc or devastation upon; to spoil; to plunder; to consume.
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           Already Caesar
           Has ravaged more than half the globe.    --Addison.
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           His lands were daily ravaged, his cattle driven away.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     Syn: To despoil; pillage; plunder; sack; spoil; devastate;
          desolate; destroy; waste; ruin.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  192 Moby Thesaurus words for "ravage":
     abuse, adulterate, alloy, banditry, beset, betray, betrayal,
     bloodbath, blue ruin, breakup, brigandage, brigandism,
     bring to ruin, canker, carnage, cheapen, coarsen, condemn,
     confound, consume, consumption, contaminate, corrupt, crawl with,
     creep with, criminal assault, crush, damage, damn, damnation,
     deal destruction, debase, debauch, debauchment, deceive, decimate,
     decimation, defile, defilement, defloration, deflower, deflowering,
     degenerate, degrade, demolish, demolition, denature, deprave,
     depredate, depredation, desecrate, desolate, desolation, despoil,
     despoiling, despoilment, despoliation, destroy, destruction,
     devalue, devastate, devastation, devour, direption, disintegration,
     disorganization, disruption, dissolution, dissolve, distort,
     encroach, engorge, fleece, forage, foraging, foray, force,
     freeboot, freebooting, gobble, gobble up, gut, gut with fire,
     harry, havoc, hecatomb, holocaust, incinerate, infect, infest,
     infestation, invade, invasion, lay in ruins, lay waste,
     lead astray, loot, looting, lousiness, maraud, marauding, mislead,
     misuse, overpower, overrun, overrunning, overspread, overspreading,
     overswarm, overswarming, overthrow, overwhelm, perdition, pervert,
     pillage, pillaging, plague, plunder, plundering, poison, pollute,
     prey on, priapism, prostitute, raid, raiding, ransack, ransacking,
     rape, rapine, ravagement, ravages, ravaging, raven, ravish,
     ravishment, raze, razzia, reive, reiving, rifle, rifling, rob,
     ruin, ruinate, ruination, sack, sacking, scourge, seduce,
     seducement, seduction, sexual assault, shambles, shipwreck,
     slaughter, soil, spoil, spoiling, spoliate, spoliation, strip,
     sully, swallow up, swarm, swarm with, swarming, sweep, taint,
     teeming, throw into disorder, trespass, twist, ulcerate, undoing,
     unleash destruction, unleash the hurricane, upheave, vandalism,
     vandalize, vaporize, violate, violation, vitiate, vulgarize, warp,
     waste, wrack, wrack and ruin, wreak havoc, wreck, wrecking
  
  

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