devastated

adjective
dev·​as·​tat·​ed | \ ˈde-və-ˌstā-təd How to pronounce devastated (audio) \

Definition of devastated

1 : brought to a state of ruin or destruction Dr. Dawdy, a 38-year-old assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago, is one of the more unusual relief workers among the thousands who have come to the devastated expanses of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.— John Schwartz I present here a steady flow model for the blast dynamics and propose that through much of the devastated area the blast was a supersonic flow of a complex multiphase (solid, liquid, vapour) mixture.— Susan Werner Kieffer
2 : emotionally shattered or distraught Doug never called. He dumped me for the cheerleader, and I was, in the parlance of teen-age romance, absolutely devastated.— Marialisa Calta Mr. Jacoby was devastated; he felt he was a proven winner and should not be yanked for one bad half.— Ira Berkow

First Known Use of devastated

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Devastated.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/devastated. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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