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devastate

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1 to bring destruction to (something) through violent action

  • the city was devastated, first by the earthquake and then by fires
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2 to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of

  • the explosion devastated an entire city block
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3 to subject to incapacitating emotional or mental stress

  • we were devastated by the awful news of his death
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ravage, devastate, waste, sack, pillage, despoil mean to lay waste by plundering or destroying. ravage implies violent often cumulative depredation and destruction.
    • a hurricane ravaged the coast
devastate implies the complete ruin and desolation of a wide area.
    • an earthquake devastated the city
waste may imply producing the same result by a slow process rather than sudden and violent action.
    • years of drought had wasted the area
sack implies carrying off all valuable possessions from a place.
    • barbarians sacked ancient Rome
pillage implies ruthless plundering at will but without the completeness suggested by sack.
    • settlements pillaged by Vikings
despoil applies to looting or robbing without suggesting accompanying destruction.
    • the Nazis despoiled the art museums


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