devastation


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.devastation - the state of being decayed or destroyeddevastation - the state of being decayed or destroyed
deterioration, impairment - a symptom of reduced quality or strength
ruin, ruination - an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction; "you have brought ruin on this entire family"
blight - a state or condition being blighted
2.devastation - the feeling of being confounded or overwhelmed; "her departure left him in utter devastation"
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
3.devastation - an event that results in total destruction
ruination, ruin - an event that results in destruction
4.devastation - plundering with excessive damage and destructiondevastation - plundering with excessive damage and destruction
pillaging, plundering, pillage - the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"
5.devastation - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer existsdevastation - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
ending, termination, conclusion - the act of ending something; "the termination of the agreement"
disaster - an act that has disastrous consequences
kill - the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile; "the pilot reported two kills during the mission"
laying waste, ruining, wrecking, ruination, ruin - destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
demolishing, tearing down, leveling, razing - complete destruction of a building
annihilation, obliteration - destruction by annihilating something
decimation - destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)
self-destruction - the act of destroying yourself; "his insistence was pure self-destruction"
neutralisation, neutralization - (euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)
sabotage - a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged
extermination, liquidation - the act of exterminating
holocaust - an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire); "a nuclear holocaust"
demolition - the act of demolishing
spoliation - (law) the intentional destruction of a document or an alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence
hooliganism, malicious mischief, vandalism - willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others

devastation

noun
1. destruction, ruin, havoc, ravages, demolition, plunder, pillage, desolation, depredation, ruination, spoliation A huge bomb blast brought devastation to the centre of the city.
2. trauma, suffering, shock, pain, stress, upset, torture, distress, misery, anguish, upheaval, heartache, heartbreak the devastation which sexual abuse causes to the victim

devastation

noun
The act of destroying or state of being destroyed:
Translations

devastation

[ˌdevəˈsteɪʃən] N
1. (= act) → devastación f
2. (= state) → devastación f, destrozos mpl

devastation

[ˌdɛvəˈsteɪʃən] ndévastation f

devastation

nVerwüstung f

devastation

[ˌdɛvəˈsteɪʃn] ndevastazione f
References in classic literature ?
When the typhus fever had fulfilled its mission of devastation at Lowood, it gradually disappeared from thence; but not till its virulence and the number of its victims had drawn public attention on the school.
I was terrified at the devastation which had been accomplished in a brief half-hour; the black-currant trees were the apple of Joseph's eye, and she had just fixed her choice of a flower-bed in the midst of them.
The German Ocean has swallowed up streets, market-places, jetties, and public walks; and the merciless waters, consummating their work of devastation, closed, no longer than eighty years since, over the salt-master's cottage at Aldborough, now famous in memory only as the birthplace of the poet CRABBE.
PLUNDER and devastation ever march in the train of irregulars.
Society suddenly finds itself put back into a state of momentary barbarism; it appears as if a famine, a universal war of devastation had cut off the supply of every means of subsistence; industry and commerce seem to be destroyed; and why?
Here all is harmony; the devastation seems organized," said the colonel, pulling the chain of a bell; but the bell was without a clapper.
Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Helium, who was our prisoner, is now held by the jeddak of Zodanga, whose son she must wed to save her country from devastation at the hands of the Zodangan forces.
Here the scenery changed from the strange and unfamiliar to the wreckage of the familiar: patches of ground exhibited the devastation of a cyclone, and in a few score yards I would come upon perfectly undisturbed spaces, houses with their blinds trimly drawn and doors closed, as if they had been left for a day by the owners, or as if their inhabitants slept within.
The image of devastation and death," as the ancient poet says, "reigned as over a field of battle.
At the sight of this slaughter and devastation I became terrified, not for myself -- for I, a simple Corsican fisherman, had nothing to fear; on the contrary, that time was most favorable for us smugglers -- but for my brother, a soldier of the empire, returning from the army of the Loire, with his uniform and his epaulets, there was everything to apprehend.
Within, the fire was yet smouldering on the hearth, and the chairs in a circle round it, as if the inhabitants had but gone forth to view the devastation of the Slide, and would shortly return, to thank Heaven for their miraculous escape.
The gormandizing powers of this worthy were, at first, matters of surprise and merriment to the travellers; but they soon became too serious for a joke, threatening devastation to the fleshpots; and he was regarded askance, at his meals, as a regular kill-crop, destined to waste the substance of the party.