- to lay waste; render desolate: The invaders devastated the city.
- to overwhelm.
Origin of devastate
1. See ravage.
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The destroyer of heaven, the devastator of the earth,—such is my majesty.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
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Who, then, proved to be the devastator and marauder; the uncivilized Chinese, or the civilized Christian?Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh
It has from time immemorial been known to man in all the countries it inhabits as the devastator of his flocks of sheep.The Origin of the Werewolf Superstition
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- to lay waste or make desolate; ravage; destroy
- to confound or overwhelm, as with grief or shock
C17: from Latin dēvastāre, from de- + vastāre to ravage; related to vastus waste, empty
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