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Meaning of devastating by Wiktionary Dictionary



    devastating ( comparative more devastating, superlative most devastating )

    1. causing devastation



    1. Present participle of devastate .

Explanation of devastating by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction

    2. a devastating hurricane
    3. physically or spiritually devastating

    4. making light of

    5. a devastating portrait of human folly

    Definition of devastating by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Devastate ( ?; 277 ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devastated; p. pr. & vb. n. Devastating.] [L. devastatus, p. p. of devastare to devastate; de + vastare to lay waste, vastus waste. See Vast.] To lay waste; to ravage; to desolate.

      Whole countries . . . were devastated. Macaulay.

      Syn. -- To waste; ravage; desolate; destroy; demolish; plunder; pillage.

    2. devastating adj.
      1. highly critical; making light of; as, “a devastating portrait of human folly”.

      Syn. -- annihilating, withering.

      2. causing or capable of causing complete destruction; as, “a devastating hurricane”.

      Syn. -- annihilative.