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devastation

[dev-uh-stey-shuh n] /ˌdɛv əˈsteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of devastating; destruction.
2.
devastated state; desolation.
Origin of devastation
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin dēvastātiōn- (stem of dēvastātiō), equivalent to Latin dēvastāt(us) (see devastate) + -iōn- -ion
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  • Or it may be “llwyv,” an elm tree, in reference to the devastation of the groves just mentioned.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • Again, as to the devastation of Hellenic territory or the burning of houses, what is to be the practice?

    The Republic Plato
  • And now as he went he saw to it that the devastation was completed along the line of march.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • Memory of the storm, the fire, of the devastation of her home.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • The devastation and suffering ashore was also very terrible.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
Word Origin and History for devastation
n.

mid-15c., from Middle French dévastation, from Late Latin devastationem (nominative devastatio), from past participle stem of Latin devastare "lay waste completely," from de- "completely" (see de-) + vastare "lay waste," from vastus "empty, desolate" (see waste (v.)).

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