Etymology
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devastation (n.)

"ravage, act of devastating; state of being devastated," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin devastationem (nominative devastatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin devastare "lay waste completely," from de- "completely" (see de-) + vastare "lay waste," from vastus "empty, desolate," from PIE *wasto-, extended suffixed form of root *eue- "to leave, abandon, give out."

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Definitions of devastation

devastation (n.)
the state of being decayed or destroyed;
Synonyms: desolation
devastation (n.)
the feeling of being confounded or overwhelmed;
her departure left him in utter devastation
devastation (n.)
an event that results in total destruction;
Synonyms: desolation
devastation (n.)
plundering with excessive damage and destruction;
Synonyms: ravaging
devastation (n.)
the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists;
Synonyms: destruction
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