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Ravage

To lay waste or destroy by any means.
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And so on, and so on--including the ravaging of society by the Irish-, Italian- and Jewish-American members of organized crime.
I thought a nice book might cheer me up, but when I got to my local bookstore the windows were filled with dreary volumes deploring the ravaging of the environment.
In central Africa, the AIDS epidemic is ravaging the general population.
Summary: Huzhong, Heilongjiang, July 03, 2010, SPA -- A forest fire was mostly put out Saturday after ravaging the Greater Hinggan Mountains in north China&'s Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region and Heilongjiang Province for a week, fire fighters said.
It was one its slopes and ridges that scientists first spotted the rapid forest decline now ravaging Central European woodlands.