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devastating

[dev-uh-stey-ting] /ˈdɛv əˌsteɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending or threatening to devastate:
a devastating fire.
2.
satirical, ironic, or caustic in an effective way:
a devastating portrayal of society.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; devastate + -ing2
Related forms
devastatingly, adverb
undevastating, adjective
undevastatingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for un devastating

devastating

/ˈdɛvəˌsteɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
extremely effective in a destructive way a devastating war, a devastating report on urban deprivation
Derived Forms
devastatingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un devastating
devastating
1630s, from devastate. Trivial use by 1889.
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