devastating


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dev·as·tate

 (dĕv′ə-stāt′)
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.

[Latin dēvāstāre, dēvāstāt- : dē-, de- + vāstāre, to lay waste (from vāstus, empty, desolate; see euə- in Indo-European roots).]

dev′as·tat′ing·ly adv.
dev′as·ta′tion n.
dev′as·ta′tor n.

devastating

(ˈdɛvəˌsteɪtɪŋ)
adj
extremely effective in a destructive way: a devastating war; a devastating report on urban deprivation.
ˈdevasˌtatingly adv

dev•as•tat•ing

(ˈdɛv əˌsteɪ tɪŋ)

adj.
1. tending or having the power to devastate.
2. satirical, ironic, or caustic in an effective way: a devastating portrayal of society.
[1625–35]
dev′as•tat`ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.devastating - making light of; "afire with annihilating invective"; "a devastating portrait of human folly"; "to compliments inflated I've a withering reply"- W.S.Gilbert
disrespectful - exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous; "remarks disrespectful of the law"; "disrespectful in the presence of his parents"; "disrespectful toward his teacher"
2.devastating - wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destructiondevastating - wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction; "possessing annihilative power"; "a devastating hurricane"; "the guns opened a withering fire"
destructive - causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"
3.devastating - physically or spiritually devastating; often used in combination; "a crushing blow"; "a crushing rejection"; "bone-crushing"
destructive - causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"

devastating

adjective
2. traumatic, shocking, upsetting, disturbing, painful, distressing, scarring The diagnosis was devastating. She had cancer.
3. impressive, moving, striking, touching, affecting, grand, powerful, exciting, dramatic, stirring, awesome, gee-whizz (slang) the most devastating performance of his career
4. savage, cutting, overwhelming, withering, overpowering, satirical, incisive, sardonic, caustic, vitriolic, trenchant, mordant his devastating criticism of the Prime Minister
Translations
مَسَبِّبٌ لِدِمَارٍ هَائِلمُكْتَسِح، مُجْتاح، غامِر
pustošivýzničujícíničivý
ødelæggendefortvivlende
tuhoisa
razoran
pusztító
yfiròyrmandi
さんざんな
황폐시키는
ničivý
förkrossande
ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดความเสียหายอย่างมาก
mahvediciyıkıcı
tàn phá

devastating

[ˈdevəsteɪtɪŋ] ADJ
1. (= destructive) [flood, storm, consequence] → devastador; [attack] → demoledor
nuclear war would be devastating for Europeuna guerra nuclear tendría un efecto devastador sobre Europa
2. (= crushing) [blow, loss] → tremendo; [argument, opposition, logic, defeat] → aplastante; [news] → terrible; [criticism, report] → demoledor; [wit] → apabullante
the devastating news that she had cancerla terrible noticia de que tenía cáncer
the news is devastatingla noticia es un golpe tremendo or durísimo
a strike would be devastating to the economyuna huelga sería un golpe tremendo para la economía
3. (= stunning) [beauty, woman, charm] → irresistible

devastating

[ˈdɛvəsteɪtɪŋ] adj [blow, impact, effect] → dévastateur/trice; [floods, earthquake, war, fire] → dévastateur/trice; [news] → accablant(e)
to have a devastating effect on sth → avoir un effet dévastateur sur qch

devastating

adj
(= destructive) consequence, war, attack, storm, diseaseverheerend; to be devastating to or for something, to have a devastating effect on somethingverheerende Folgen für etw haben
(fig) effectschrecklich; newsniederschmetternd; criticism, report, attack, performanceunschlagbar; defeatvernichtend; woman, witumwerfend (inf); a devastating blow/lossein vernichtender Schlag/Verlust; to be devastating to or for somebodyjdn niederschmettern; to be in devastating formin unschlagbarer Form sein

devastating

[ˈdɛvəˌsteɪtɪŋ] adj (flood, storm) → devastatore/trice; (news, effect) → micidiale; (beauty) → travolgente

devastate

(ˈdevəsteit) verb
1. to leave in ruins. The fire devastated the countryside.
2. to overwhelm (a person) with grief. She was devastated by the terrible news.
ˈdevastating adjective
overwhelming. a devastating flood; The news was devastating.

devastating

مَسَبِّبٌ لِدِمَارٍ هَائِل pustošivý ødelæggende verheerend συντριπτικός devastador tuhoisa dévastateur razoran devastante さんざんな 황폐시키는 vernietigend knusende niszczycielski devastador опустошительный förkrossande ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดความเสียหายอย่างมาก yıkıcı tàn phá 毁灭性的
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After waiting only forty seconds this time, I spread my arms abroad and thundered out the devastating syllables of this word of words:
Jaggers, in the same devastating strain: "What does this fellow want?
Born in the neighborhood of Arles, she had shared in the beauty for which its women are proverbial; but that beauty had gradually withered beneath the devastating influence of the slow fever so prevalent among dwellers by the ponds of Aiguemortes and the marshes of Camargue.
A devastating sickness has fallen on my village, and all my wives are dying," yelled Deesa, really in tears this time.
There was a war of rates among four Western railroads in which he was supposed to be interested; a devastating strike had developed in his lumber-camps in Oregon, and the legislature of the State of California, which has no love for its makers, was preparing open war against him.
He wags his tail, and the room looks as if a devastating army had marched through it.
The wild-ox revelled in dense herbage that often concealed his whole body; gray, black, and yellow elephants of the most gigantic size burst headlong, like a living hurricane, through the forests, breaking, rending, tearing down, devastating every thing in their path; upon the woody slopes of the hills trickled cascades and springs flowing northward; there, too, the hippopotami bathed their huge forms, splashing and snorting as they frolicked in the water, and lamantines, twelve feet long, with bodies like seals, stretched themselves along the banks, turning up toward the sun their rounded teats swollen with milk.
at the expense of not killing the game or devastating the garden.
I forget which was the first distemper I plunged into - some fearful, devastating scourge, I know - and, before I had glanced half down the list of "premonitory symptoms," it was borne in upon me that I had fairly got it.
If love is a devastating fire which melts the whole being into one mountain torrent, Mary was no more in love with Denham than she was in love with her poker or her tongs.
No doubt I was secretly proud to have been invalided in so great a cause, and to be sicklied over with the pale cast of thought, rather than by some ignoble ague or the devastating consumption of that region.
After that we will destroy the city itself and march through the Land of Oz, burning and devastating as we go.