devastation

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

noun

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

Nearby words

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

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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Word Origin and History for devastation

devastation

n.

mid-15c., from Middle French dévastation, from Late Latin devastationem (nominative devastatio), from past participle stem of Latin devastare "lay waste completely," from de- "completely" (see de-) + vastare "lay waste," from vastus "empty, desolate" (see waste (v.)).

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