Devastate Definition

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devastated, devastates, devastating
To lay waste; make desolate; ravage; destroy.
Webster's New World
To make helpless; overwhelm.
The teacher's criticism devastated him.
Webster's New World
To devastate is defined as to destroy or ruin something or to cause someone to be overwhelmed with grief.
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.

To ruin many or all things over a large area, such as most or all buildings of a city, or cities of a region, or trees of a forest.

To destroy a whole collection of related ideas, beliefs, and strongly held opinions.

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”).

    From Wiktionary

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