devastate

[dev-uh-steyt]
verb (used with object), devastated, devastating.
1.
to lay waste; render desolate: The invaders devastated the city. destroy, sack, despoil, raze, ruin, level. create, erect, develop.
2.
to overwhelm.

Origin:
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.
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devastate (ˈdɛvəˌsteɪt)
 
vb
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]
 
devas'tation
 
n
 
'devastative
 
adj
 
'devastator
 
n

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devastate
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
Situated on an island that amounted to little more than an unprotected sandbar,
  the city was devastated.
Her words had for a brief time devastated me.
Ruled by pirates and devastated by civil war, the island poses one peril after
  another.
Power grids could be devastated by a storm on the sun, astronomers warned today.
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