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.
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”).
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