verb (used with object), devastated, devastating.
to lay waste; render desolate: The invaders devastated the city. destroy, sack, despoil, raze, ruin, level. create, erect, develop.
to overwhelm.

1625–35; < Latin dēvastātus laid waste (past participle of dēvastāre), equivalent to dē- de- + vast(āre) to lay waste (akin to vastus empty) + -ātus -ate1

devastative, adjective
devastator, noun
undevastated, adjective

1. See ravage. Unabridged
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devastate (ˈdɛvəˌsteɪt)
1.  to lay waste or make desolate; ravage; destroy
2.  to confound or overwhelm, as with grief or shock
[C17: from Latin dēvastāre, from de- + vastāre to ravage; related to vastus waste, empty]

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Word Origin & History

1630s, probably a back-formation from devastation, but apparently not common until 19c.; earlier verb form devast is attested from 1530s, from Fr. devaster. Related: devastated.
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Example sentences
Cyclones regularly devastate the living reef, only to have the damaged segments
  rebound in a couple of decades.
When top level predators are removed, the middle predators devastate the lower
  tiers of the food chain.
Scientists say that climate change-caused droughts will devastate agriculture,
  disrupting societies and starving millions.
The weapons of war are designed to devastate and demoralize foot soldiers.
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