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.

Nearby words

  1. devalue,
  2. devanagari,
  3. devascularization,
  4. devastate,
  5. devastated,
  6. devastation,
  7. devein,
  8. devel.,
  9. develop,
  10. developable surface

Origin of devastating

First recorded in 1625–35; devastate + -ing2

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

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British Dictionary definitions for devastatingly

devastating

/ (ˈdɛvəˌsteɪtɪŋ) /

adjective

extremely effective in a destructive waya devastating war; a devastating report on urban deprivation
Derived Formsdevastatingly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for devastatingly

devastating

adj.

1630s, present participle adjective from devastate. Trivial use by 1889.

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