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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Devastate  \Dev"as*tate\  (?;  277),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Devastated};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Devastating}.]  [L.  devastatus 
  p.  p.  of  devastare  to  devastate;  de  +  vastare  to  lay  waste, 
  vastus  waste.  See  {Vast}.] 
  To  lay  waste;  to  ravage;  to  desolate. 
 
  Whole  countries  .  .  .  were  devastated.  --Macaulay. 
 
  Syn:  To  waste;  ravage;  desolate;  destroy;  demolish;  plunder; 
  pillage. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  devastating 
  adj  1:  making  light  of  "afire  with  annihilating  invective";  "a 
  devastating  portrait  of  human  folly";  "to  compliments 
  inflated  I've  a  withering  reply"-  W.S.Gilbert  [syn:  {annihilating}, 
  {withering}] 
  2:  wreaking  or  capable  of  wreaking  complete  destruction; 
  "possessing  annihilative  power";  "a  devastating 
  hurricane";  "the  guns  opened  a  withering  fire"  [syn:  {annihilative}, 
  {annihilating},  {withering}] 
  3:  physically  or  spiritually  devastating;  often  used  in 
  combination;  "a  crushing  blow";  "a  crushing  rejection"; 
  "bone-crushing"  [syn:  {crushing}] 




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