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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).]

dev′as·tat′ing·ly adv.
dev′as·ta′tion n.
dev′as·ta′tor n.
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Thou devastator of the Gardens, I know thee, Pilkington.
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But let us not forget the revengeful last verses of that paean to the sacred city, when the lament is transmuted into vindictive and cruel hatred: "O daughter Babylon, you devastator! Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us!