devastation

[dev-uh-stey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of devastating; destruction.
2.
devastated state; desolation.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin dēvastātiōn- (stem of dēvastātiō), equivalent to Latin dēvastāt(us) (see devastate) + -iōn- -ion

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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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devastation
mid-15c., from M.Fr. devastation, from L.L. devastationem, from L. devastare "lay waste completely," from de- "completely" + vastare "lay waste," from vastus "empty, desolate" (see waste).
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Example sentences
Adding to parental devastation is the usual mystery of why a stillbirth
  occurred.
Katrina taught us what devastation extreme weather can inflict on colleges.
But farther south, where the devastation and disorder was much more severe,
  anger set in.
Researchers have confirmed a long-suspected link between logging and the
  devastation of forest fires in tropical rain forests.
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