(comparative more devastatingly, superlative most devastatingly)
- In a devastating manner.
devastating + -ly
Variant of devastate
transitive verbdevastated, devastating
- to lay waste; make desolate; ravage; destroy
- to make helpless; overwhelm: the teacher's criticism devastated him
Origin of devastate; from Classical Latin devastatus, past participle of devastare, to lay waste ; from de-, intensive + vastare, to make empty ; from vastus, empty: see vast