Definition of devastating in English:


Line breaks: dev¦as|tat¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛvəsteɪtɪŋ


  • 2Causing severe shock, distress, or grief: the news came as a devastating blow
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    • To lose him so young, so suddenly and in such a savage way is a devastating shock to our family.
    • His death at such an early age has caused widespread grief and has been a devastating shock to his family.
    • The couple married in 2002 after their original wedding plans were shattered because of the devastating blow to Louise's health.
    shattering, shocking, traumatic, overwhelming, crushing, extremely upsetting, distressing, severe, savage, terrible, very great
    informal gut-wrenching



[as submodifier]: a devastatingly attractive man
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  • Such sudden bursts of pent-up emotion are devastatingly attractive.
  • Having said that this is still to be classified as devastatingly raw music endowed with enough industrial grunt to knock your granny's socks off.
  • However miserable or impoverished, most men and women have one formidable power at their disposal: the power to die as devastatingly as possible.

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