Meaning of ravaged in English:


Pronunciation /?rav?d?d/

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  • 1Severely damaged; devastated.

    ‘he hopes to visit his ravaged homeland’
    • ‘Rain brought renewed fears of mudslides in areas ravaged by wildfires last year.’
    • ‘The small craft shivers within a pyrotechnic display of ravaged primary particles.’
    • ‘Every few minutes I think of Cuba about to be ravaged by Hurrican Ivan.’
    • ‘There are also anti-Taliban fighters from the Hazara ethnic minority who control parts of the exquisite, ravaged Bamiyan valley.’
    • ‘A pregnant woman told today of the devastating moment she returned home to find her York flat ravaged by fire.’
    • ‘Councillor Colin Tandy spoke about various river sites which have been completely ravaged by vandals.’
    • ‘Last year, on the back of two years of drought, Margaret's orchard was ravaged by severe frosts.’
    • ‘Residents who did evacuate, like Patrick Pollard, struggled to move around the ravaged areas.’
    • ‘What they did was to start Women for Women International, a nonprofit group focused on empowering women whose countries were ravaged by war.’
    • ‘A circular shape always either emerges from or sinks into a ravaged surface.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Jack's trees (four in total) are ravaged by aphids.’
    • ‘Mr Bush is expected to visit the ravaged Gulf Coast region, perhaps on Saturday.’
    • ‘In 1918 the world had been ravaged by the First World War.’
    • ‘For three years, their homeland, already ravaged by a decade-long civil war, has suffered a catastrophic drought.’
    • ‘We are in a ravaged city, look out the window.’
    • ‘Their country too was ravaged by war, by 35 years of Japanese imperialist occupation.’
    • ‘In those days, Europe was periodically ravaged by plagues.’
    • ‘Early 20 th-century photographs show a ravaged landscape.’
    • ‘The hardships of life inside mobile homes, which are being slowly ravaged by the salty sea air, seem to energise rather than depress the residents.’
    • ‘From the 450s onward, Pericles rebuilt the city of Athens, a city ravaged by years of wars with the Persians.’
    1. 1.1Disfigured by age or illness.
      ‘the ravaged faces of the elderly cancer victims’
      • ‘Today at the supermarket I noticed a woman whose skin looked ravaged by the sun.’
      • ‘Vassell's recent career has been ravaged by injury.’
      • ‘In Oshakati, northern Namibia, we are being ravaged by HIV.’
      • ‘In his art Francis Bacon found beauty in unspeakable horror; his paintings of ravaged, bloodied bodies exposed our mortality.’
      • ‘Many widows in developing countries, in areas of conflict or in communities ravaged by HIV / AIDS are young or middle-aged.’
      • ‘In 1925, Nome, Alaska, was ravaged by a diphtheria epidemic.’
      • ‘By his 40's, he had turned into a ravaged scarecrow, unrepentant about the trail of sorrow he had left behind.’
      • ‘Keeping alive 55 year olds ravaged by a lifetime of poverty is much less cost effective than removing children from poverty.’
      • ‘In Cambodia, the lights of an operating theatre illuminate a body that has been ravaged by a landmine.’
      • ‘The face that stared back at her was ravaged, bewildered, numb.’
      • ‘For those whose bodies have been ravaged by the infection, the disease's effects are life long.’
      • ‘He lived in Glasgow, a city ravaged by the effects of that particular drug.’
      • ‘A population ravaged by disease retards economic development substantially, making it very difficult for the government to preserve domestic tranquillity.’
      • ‘I pushed my famished, ravaged body onwards.’
      • ‘His body had been ravaged by the drugs.’
      • ‘Images of John Paul II have shown him gaunt, pained and ravaged by Parkinson's disease and arthritis.’
      • ‘Police interviewed the mother and photographed the boy's ravaged body.’
      • ‘One part of me agrees, yes that in a completely hopeless case, ravaged by pain, this might be the merciful thing to do.’
      • ‘She had eight operations in less than a month to remove the ravaged tissue and prevent the disease from spreading further.’
      • ‘Great in the summer as protectors, they're even better into the fall and winter to revives hair that's been ravaged by surf and sun.’