Definition of devastation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdevəˈstāSH(ə)n/


1Great destruction or damage: the floods caused widespread devastation
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  • Ivor Jones, a Liverpool-born pastor, likened the scenes to the devastation wrought in England by the Blitz.
  • We finally manage to get to the heart of the eerie water delta where the devastation was appalling.
  • He had also protected the only habitat of civilization from the devastation of the destructive angels.
destruction, ruin, desolation, havoc, wreckage;
destruction, wrecking, ruination;
demolition, annihilation;
despoliation, plunder, pillaging, plundering
informal teardown
shock, trauma, distress, stress, strain, pain, anguish, suffering, upset, agony, misery, heartache
2Severe and overwhelming shock or grief: she spoke of her devastation at his death
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  • There was no place for her to hide from her utter devastation.
  • Time slows down in the wake of such personal devastations.
  • Having seen atrocious loss in World War II, I understand the devastation of armed conflict.

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Syllabification: dev·as·ta·tion

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