laid waste; made desolate:After the earthquake there were concerns about asbestos in the rubble of many of the devastated houses.
overwhelmed or shocked, especially by profound loss, disappointment, humiliation, etc.:I’m grateful that no one I knew personally died in the hurricane, but my heart goes out to all those devastated families.
the simple past tense and past participle of devastate.
- un·dev·as·tat·ed, adjective
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How to use devastated in a sentence
Air travel around the world has been devastated by the fallout from the pandemic, which raised health concerns over flying on the part of consumers and authorities.Airport COVID testing hubs and new travel corridors are part of a plan to revive U.S.-Europe air travel | Bernhard Warner | August 19, 2020 | Fortune
Covid-19 was the second pandemic of the decade for Liberia, which was devastated by Ebola just five years ago.
It’s a phenomenon that risks increasing inbreeding, which could devastate the already endangered species.
The theater’s president, whose parents founded the theater, held a press conference Friday to say she and her staff were “heartbroken and devastated” by the stories they’d heard.Morning Report: MTS Doled Out Violations Disproportionately | Voice of San Diego | July 27, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
In an op-ed an educator who works at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education warns that the new state budget’s new formula for school funding could devastate schools across California.Morning Report: After Protests, SDPD Turned to Streetlight Cameras | Voice of San Diego | June 30, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Their home probably will be devastated, too, but they received no demolition notice.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge | Creede Newton | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of course, the South was much stronger than in the 1870s, not devastated by a war and extremely well represented in Congress.
Fallin has received high marks for her leadership after a tornado devastated the town of Moore.The Democrats’ Great Plains Firewall: Can Joe Dorman Take the Oklahoma Statehouse? | David Freedlander | October 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
devastated and utterly embarrassed, I meekly raised my hand.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More | Gary Wright | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When Dan Honig was getting ready to slaughter a steer for the first time, he expected to feel devastated.
When Edward reached Durham city, he was apprised of the passage of the Scots by a track of smoking ruins and devastated fields.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
In recent days it has been again devastated by the great world war, as its gaunt ruins mutely tell.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
Five years of warfare and its sequence—the bandit community—had devastated the provinces.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The reason why these saints are invoked as a group is said to have been an epidemic which devastated Europe from 1346 to 1349.Mary, Help of Christians | Various
He had gone back to his seat by the fire, and Amarita, answering, stood with her hand upon the devastated table.Country Neighbors | Alice Brown