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devastate (v.)

1630s, "lay waste, ravage, make desolate," perhaps a back-formation from devastation. Apparently not common until 19c.; earlier verb form devast is attested from 1530s, from French devaster, from Latin devastare. Figurative use is by 1856. Related: devastated; devastating.

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Definitions of devastate from WordNet

devastate (v.)
cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly;
Synonyms: lay waste to / waste / desolate / ravage / scourge
devastate (v.)
overwhelm or overpower;
He was devastated by his grief when his son died
From wordnet.princeton.edu