Pronunciation: (rav'ij), [key]
—v., -aged, -ag•ing,
to work havoc upon; damage or mar by ravages: a face ravaged by grief.
to work havoc; do ruinous damage.
1. havoc; ruinous damage: the ravages of war.
2. devastating or destructive action.
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