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Disaster LinkagePlay
Often associated with natural disasters or events causing widespread damage. SlideThe earthquake ravaged the coastal region, leaving many homeless.
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Severity ScalePlay
'Ravage' implies more extensive destruction than 'damage', but less than 'obliterate'. SlideLocust swarms ravaged the crops, but the fields were not completely obliterated.
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Impersonal ForcesPlay
Typically applied to impersonal or uncontrollable forces rather than individuals. SlideDisease ravaged his body, making recovery seem distant.