Devastate meaning

dĕvə-stāt
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.

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To lay waste; destroy.
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To overwhelm; confound; stun.

Was devastated by the rude remark.

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To lay waste; make desolate; ravage; destroy.
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To make helpless; overwhelm.

The teacher's criticism devastated him.

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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.
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To destroy a whole collection of related ideas, beliefs, and strongly held opinions.
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To break beyond recovery or repair so that the only options are abandonment or the clearing away of useless remains (if any) and starting over.
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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