- tending or threatening to devastate: a devastating fire.
- satirical, ironic, or caustic in an effective way: a devastating portrayal of society.
Origin of devastating
- to lay waste; render desolate: The invaders devastated the city.
- to overwhelm.
Origin of devastate
Examples from the Web for devastating
On the other hand, if you think about it, those basic industrial effects can be the most devastating.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
December 20, 2014
The premise was simple: satire is devastating against tyrants.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
Gopal, a journalist who covered the war, gives a devastating account of how the conflict was astoundingly mishandled.The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
December 14, 2014
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
December 10, 2014
He said the failure to develop a coherent immigration policy would have a devastating impact.Pope’s Blistering Attack on ‘Haggard’ Europe
November 26, 2014
If people seldom cry it has a devastating effect on their appearance when they do.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
Israel was the evil one for whose sin they suffered this devastating plague.The Scapegoat
Remote as many of these jungles are, the plumage hunter is devastating them already.Conservation Reader
Harold W. Fairbanks
Sometimes it was intermittent, and came down in devastating floods.Freaks on the Fells
The plague was not in Bombay then, but it is devastating the city now.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- extremely effective in a destructive waya devastating war; a devastating report on urban deprivation
- to lay waste or make desolate; ravage; destroy
- to confound or overwhelm, as with grief or shock
Word Origin and History for devastating
1630s, present participle adjective from devastate. Trivial use by 1889.