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Adjective: devastating  'de-vu,stey-ting
  1. Sharply critical or damaging
    "a devastating portrait of human folly";
    - annihilating, withering
     
  2. Wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
    "a devastating hurricane";
    - annihilative, annihilating, apocalyptic
     
  3. Physically or spiritually devastating; often used in combination
    "a devastating blow";
    - crushing
Verb: devastate  'de-vu,steyt
  1. Cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
    "The enemy devastate the countryside after the invasion";
    - lay waste to, waste, desolate, ravage, scourge, lay waste
     
  2. Overwhelm or overpower
    "He was devastated by his grief when his son died"

See also: destructive, disrespectful

Type of: destroy, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, ruin, spifflicate, spiflicate, sweep over, whelm [archaic]