- tending or threatening to devastate: a devastating fire.
- satirical, ironic, or caustic in an effective way: a devastating portrayal of society.
Origin of devastating
Examples from the Web for devastatingly
This astonishingly simple yet devastatingly graphic representation of mass carnage attracts many thousands of visitors every day.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’
September 22, 2014
It turns out poor, devastatingly handsome, AIDS-stricken Ted was Jewish.The MVPs of Sleaze Are Back: FXX's 'The League' Ups the Degenerate Ante
September 4, 2014
When it comes to crafting a raucous, devastatingly brutal insult, he is a Shakespeare.‘Veep’ Is a F*@king Masterclass in Cursing
April 7, 2014
The historical legacy of these stories is devastatingly clear.Sorry, America, You’re Wrong, the Jews Did Not Kill Jesus
November 5, 2013
Against isolated adversaries, they are devastatingly effective, as long as we understand that they are not long-term solutions.The Truth—and Tragedy—of Drone Warfare
October 31, 2013
It then passed slowly and devastatingly down the hall and drive.More William
It would be devastatingly produced on the occasion of a row, but Sally rarely quarrelled.Coquette
Ellen's marriage broke into Joanna's life quite as devastatingly as Martin's death.Joanna Godden
And as for the season—McKellar could not remember such a devastatingly dry August since he was a lad at home.The Beauty and the Bolshevist
Alice Duer Miller
It is a devastatingly attractive thing—but almost impossible to explain.The Double Spy
Dan T. Moore
- extremely effective in a destructive waya devastating war; a devastating report on urban deprivation
Word Origin and History for devastatingly
1630s, present participle adjective from devastate. Trivial use by 1889.