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devastating

[ dev-uh-stey-ting ]
/ ˈdɛv əˌsteɪ tɪŋ /
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adjective
tending or threatening to devastate: a devastating fire.
satirical, ironic, or caustic in an effective way: a devastating portrayal of society.
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Origin of devastating

First recorded in 1625–35; devastat(e) + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM devastating

dev·as·tat·ing·ly, adverbun·dev·as·tat·ing, adjectiveun·dev·as·tat·ing·ly, adverb

Words nearby devastating

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How to use devastating in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for devastating

devastating
/ (ˈdɛvəˌsteɪtɪŋ) /

adjective
extremely effective in a destructive waya devastating war; a devastating report on urban deprivation

Derived forms of devastating

devastatingly, adverb
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