- The definition of devastation is severe destruction or a state of severe grief or sadness.
- When a hurricane leaves a city in ruins, this is an example of devastation.
- When you feel extremely sad after your spouse dies, your feelings are an example of devastation.
A city devastated by an earthquake.
a devastating or being devastated; destruction; desolation
OriginSee also: dévastation
From Middle French dévastation.