- 1Great destruction or damage: the floods caused widespread devastationMore example sentences
destruction, ruin, desolation, havoc, wreckage; ruins, ravagesannihilation; despoliation, plunder, pillaging, plundering• informal teardowntrauma, distress, stress, strain, pain, anguish, suffering, upset, agony, misery, heartache
- 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.
- 2Severe and overwhelming shock or grief: she spoke of her devastation at his deathMore example sentences
- 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.