- To ruin many or all things over a large area, such as most or all buildings of a city, or cities of a region, or trees of a forest.
- To destroy a whole collection of related ideas, beliefs, and strongly held opinions.
- To break beyond recovery or repair so that the only options are abandonment or the clearing away of useless remains (if any) and starting over.
to ruin many or all things over a large area
- devastate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- devastate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- “devastate” at OneLook Dictionary Search
- adverbial present passive participle of devastar