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Definition of the verb devastate
What does devastate mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: devastated | devastating | devastates
- cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] The Romans destroyed the city [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument] The builders destroyed the warehouse with explosives [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Patient] The explosives destroyed the warehouse
Destroy Verbs (with the same syntax): annihilate, blitz, damage, decimate, demolish, desecrate, destroy, disfigure, efface, exterminate, extirpate, level, maim, mutilate, obliterate, ravage, raze, ruin, shatter, undo, unmake, vaporize, waste, wreck.
- lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
- synonyms of devastate: desolate / lay waste to / ravage / scourge / waste
- more generic words: destroy / ruin = destroy completely
- more specific word: ruin = reduce to ruins
- overwhelm or overpower
- examples: He was devastated by his grief when his son died | The bad news will devastate him
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Cause] [Verb] The clown amused [Cause] [Verb] [Experiencer] The clown amused the children [Cause] [Verb] [Experiencer] [Adjective] That movie bored me silly [Cause] [Verb] [Experiencer] with [Oblique] The clown amused the children with his antics [Cause, genitive]'s [Oblique] [Verb] [Experiencer] The clown's antics amused the children [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Adverb] Little children amuse easily
Verbs of Psychological State (with the same syntax): abash, affect, afflict, affront, aggravate, aggrieve, agitate, agonize, alarm, alienate, amaze, amuse, anger, annoy, antagonize, appall, appease, arouse, assuage, astonish, astound, awe, baffle, befuddle, beguile, bewilder, bewitch, boggle, bore, bother, bug, calm, captivate, chagrin, charm, cheer, chill, comfort, concern, confound, confuse, console, content, convince, cow, crush, cut, daunt, daze, dazzle, deject, delight, demolish, demoralize, depress, disappoint, disarm, discombobulate, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, discourage, disgrace, disgruntle, disgust, dishearten, disillusion, dismay, dispirit, displease, disquiet, dissatisfy, distract, distress, disturb, divert, dumbfound, elate, electrify, embarrass, embolden, enchant, encourage, enervate, engage, engross, enlighten, enliven, enrage, enrapture, entertain, enthrall, enthuse, entice, entrance, exasperate, excite, exhaust, exhilarate, fascinate, fatigue, faze, flabbergast, flatter, floor, fluster, frighten, frustrate, gall, galvanize, gladden, gratify, grieve, harass, harm, haunt, hearten, horrify, humble, humiliate, hurt, hypnotize, impair, impress, incense, inflame, infuriate, inspire, insult, interest, intimidate, intoxicate, intrigue, invigorate, irk, irritate, jade, jar, jollify, jolt, lull, madden, menace, mesmerize, miff, molest, mollify, mortify, move, muddle, mystify, nauseate, nettle, numb, obsess, occupy, offend, outrage, overawe, overwhelm, pacify, pain, peeve, perplex, perturb, pester, pique, placate, plague, please, preoccupy, provoke, puzzle, quench, rankle, ravish, reassure, recharge, refresh, rejuvenate, relax, relieve, repel, repulse, revitalize, revolt, rile, roil, ruffle, sadden, satiate, satisfy, scandalize, scare, shake, shame, shock, sicken, sober, solace, soothe, spellbind, spook, stagger, startle, stimulate, sting, stir, strike, stump, stun, stupefy, surprise, tantalize, taunt, tease, tempt, terrify, terrorize, threaten, thrill, throw, tickle, tire, titillate, torment, torture, touch, transfix, transport, trouble, try, unnerve, unsettle, uplift, upset, vex, weary, worry, wound, wow.
- lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
- more generic terms: overcome / overpower / overtake / overwhelm / sweep over / whelm = overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
Alternative definition of the verb devastate
- 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.
- To destroy a whole collection of related ideas, beliefs, and strongly held opinions.
- 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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Crabb'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 ...
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, ...
by William D. Mounce
DEVASTATE. Old Testament Verb: (šdad), GK 8720 (S 7703), 59x. šdad generally means “to destroy, devastate.” See destroy.
Encyclopedia 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 ...
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.
Romanized by Thomas Grahame Bailey
devastate, icirän k., ujärnä (int ujjarnä) : see destroy, waste, desert (1). de vi-ce, ...
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 ...
by Walter W. Skeat, Walter William Skeat
Devastate. (L.) From. pp. of. L.
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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Usage statistics about devastate
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb devastate:
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Burma: Flash floods devastate communities
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- Devastate Meaning
Video shows what devastate means. 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.
- English without Translation - ESL for Beginners - brood, calamity, devastate etc. - Lesson 140
SCRIPT boulder A woman is standing next to the boulder. The boulder is stuck between two other boulders. boundary The Pyrenees are a natural boundary ...
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Quotes about Devastate
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.Couldn't select: Got error 28 from storage engine