tending or threatening to devastate: a devastating fire.
satirical, ironic, or caustic in an effective way: a devastating portrayal of society.
- dev·as·tat·ing·ly, adverb
- un·dev·as·tat·ing, adjective
- un·dev·as·tat·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use devastating in a sentence
As devastating as the fires have become, we’re still just at the early edge of climate change, says Diego Saez-Gil, chief executive of Pachama, a startup using AI and satellite data to help restore and protect forests.Suppressing fires has failed. Here’s what California needs to do instead. | James Temple | September 17, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Just a few weeks after Hurricane Laura—the strongest storm on record to make landfall in Louisiana—brought devastating storm surges and rainfall to the Gulf Coast, there are now five more named storms in the Atlantic.A nearly unprecedented cluster of tropical storms are brewing in the Atlantic | Sara Chodosh | September 15, 2020 | Popular-Science
Learning of safety issues after millions of healthy people have been vaccinated would be devastating to the nation’s health and public confidence.6 questions that must be answered in the race for a vaccine | jakemeth | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
My sense was that of all the devastating consequences of a warming planet — changing landscapes, pandemics, mass extinctions — the potential movement of hundreds of millions of climate refugees across the planet stands to be among the most important.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration | by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut | September 15, 2020 | ProPublica
Every week, we lose far more of our fellow citizens than died 19 years ago in the most devastating terrorist strike in American history.America Is About to Lose Its 200,000th Life to Coronavirus. How Many More Have to Die? | by Stephen Engelberg | September 14, 2020 | ProPublica
On the other hand, if you think about it, those basic industrial effects can be the most devastating.
The premise was simple: satire is devastating against tyrants.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror | David Keyes | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gopal, a journalist who covered the war, gives a devastating account of how the conflict was astoundingly mishandled.
The event was a devastating one for Sierra Leone, deemed a “super-spreader” by The New York Times.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families | Abby Haglage | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Though devastating for the individual, this form is not that large a public health concern.
This may mean that up to May he had remained in command in the north, though keeping clear of Bruce's devastating track.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
It was chosen as the seat of Elizabeth's parliament when the plague was devastating London.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
The deadly coil has made possible the devastating spectacle in Europe, which we are helplessly looking on.Third class in Indian railways | Mahatma Gandhi
It was perhaps no greater power than many another woman possesses, but to me she was particularly devastating.Valley of the Croen | Lee Tarbell
A still more devastating revelation of experience in child raising was yet to plague our confidence and complacency.Seeing Things at Night | Heywood Broun
British Dictionary definitions for devastating
extremely effective in a destructive way: a devastating war; a devastating report on urban deprivation
- devastatingly, adverb
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