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Definition of the verb devastate

What does devastate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: devastated | devastating | devastates

  1. cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
  2. overwhelm or overpower

Alternative definition of the verb devastate


  1. 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.
  2. To destroy a whole collection of related ideas, beliefs, and strongly held opinions.
  3. 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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Google previewCrabb's English Synonymes (1917)

by George Crabb A.M.

Devastate means literally to lay waste, and refers not merelv to the carrying away of valuables, but to the utter destruction of everything. We may speak of a city devastated by fire, or a country devastated by storm — so that the word has a wider ...

Google previewDictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (1998)

by Martin Manser

ravage, rob, plunder, loot, pillage, devastate, lay waste, strip, denude ant. rehabilitate despondent adj. dejected, depressed, miserable, downhearted, downcast, sad, melancholy ant. happy, cheerful, glad despot n. tyrant, ...

Google previewMounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (2009)

by William D. Mounce

DEVASTATE. Old Testament Verb: (šdad), GK 8720 (S 7703), 59x. šdad generally means “to destroy, devastate.” See destroy.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Mind (2012)

by Harold Pashler

that a flood will devastate Manhattan sometime this century) is sometimes judged less probable than a conjunction that includes that event (e.g., that global warming will cause glaciers ...

Google previewA complete dictionary of synonyms and antonyms or synonyms and words of opposite meaning

by S. Fallows

Waste, spoil, sack, plunder, pillage, ravage, devastate, depopulate. Anr. People, colonize, plant, develop, fertilize, cultivate, enrich, enliven. Desolation. [ See Dnsomra]. Despair. n. Srn. Hopelessness, despondency, desperation. An'r.

Google previewAn English-Panjabi Dictionary (1919)

Romanized by Thomas Grahame Bailey

devastate, icirän k., ujärnä (int ujjarnä) : see destroy, waste, desert (1). de vi-ce, ...

Google previewAn analytical dictionary of the English language (1830)

by David Booth

It was also written devastare, from which we have Devastation, the action of laying Waste, and also To Devastate, which is synonymous with ' To lay Waste ;' the word lay being in this case equivalent to the Latin preposition de; as if we should ...

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (2005)

by Walter W. Skeat, Walter William Skeat

Devastate. (L.) From. pp. of. L.

Google previewThe Oxford Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus (2002)

by Elizabeth Jewell

SYNONYM STUDY: ravage DESPOIL, DEVASTATE, PILLAGE, PLUNDER, SACK, WASTE. Ravage, pillage, sack, and plunder are all verbs associated with the actions of a conquering army during wartime. Ravage implies violent destruction, ...

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb devastate:


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The more worrying feature of the new global corporate structures is their capacity to devastate national labour markets by transferring their operations to cheaper locations overseas. (Fredric Jameson)
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Scrabble value of D2E1V4A1S1T1A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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