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- 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.
- 2022 August 24, Bruce Healey, “Wartime tunnel crash: a miraculous escape”, in RAIL, number 964, page 53:
- Halifax in Canada was devastated by a ship exploding in 1917. SS Mont Blanc, a French vessel loaded with 2.9 kilotons of explosives, collided with the Imo.
- 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 greatly demoralize, to cause to suffer intense grief or dismay
- devastated (adjective)
to ruin many or all things over a large area
- “devastate”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “devastate”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “devastate”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- adverbial present passive participle of devastar
devastate f pl