When a hurricane destroys a town, this is an example of a time when it devastates the town.
When you tell a person that his spouse died, this is an example of a time when you devastate him.
Was devastated by the rude remark.
The teacher's criticism devastated him.
Origin of devastate
- Latin dēvāstāre dēvāstāt- dē- de- vāstāre to lay waste (from vāstus empty, desolate euə- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin dēvastātus, perfect passive participle of dēvastō, from dē- (augmentative prefix) + vastō (“I destroy, I lay waste to”).