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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).]
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|Noun||1.||devastation - the state of being decayed or destroyed|
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|
|4.||devastation - plundering with excessive damage and destruction|
|5.||devastation - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists|
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
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
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
1. destruction, ruin, havoc, ravages, demolition, plunder, pillage, desolation, depredation, ruination, spoliation A huge bomb blast brought devastation to the centre of the city.