devastation

[ dev-uh-stey-shuh n ]
/ ˌdɛv əˈsteɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of devastating; destruction.
devastated state; desolation.

Origin of devastation

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin dēvastātiōn- (stem of dēvastātiō), equivalent to Latin dēvastāt(us) (see devastate) + -iōn- -ion
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