devastate


devastate
01. The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center [devastated] the financial district of New York.
02. The entire U.S. was [devastated] by the news of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
03. Acid rain has a [devastating] effect on the environment.
04. There was a [devastating] earthquake in Kobe, Japan a few years ago.
05. She was totally [devastated] when she heard that the airliner her husband was piloting had crashed.
06. The loss of the championship game was [devastating] for the team and their fans.
07. The bomb caused the total [devastation] of the building.
08. The Brazilian soccer team suffered a [devastating] loss to the Americans.
09. Their entire family was [devastated] by the death of their beloved family pet.
10. The [devastating] San Francisco fire of 1906 lasted four days.
11. The nation of Bangladesh has a history of [devastating] storms and floods that kill thousands of people.
12. For many people, the death of a pet is as [devastating] as the loss of any human family member.
13. A report released following the terrorist attacks on the WTC stated that without the [devastating] fires, the towers probably would have remained standing.
14. In the mid 1990s, the United Nations threatened a boycott of Libyan oil exports, an action that would have [devastated] the Libyan economy.
15. In December 2004, the coasts of Thailand and Indonesia were [devastated] by a 10-meter-high tsunami.
16. She was [devastatingly] beautiful, and no one could take their eyes off her.
17. Cracow was the only major Polish city to escape [devastation] in World War Two.
18. In December of 1946, the organization known as UNICEF was created to provide relief to children in countries [devastated] by war.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Devastate — Dev as*tate (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Devastated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Devastating}.] [L. devastatus, p. p. of devastare to devastate; de + vastare to lay waste, vastus waste. See {Vast}.] To lay waste; to ravage; to desolate. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devastate — I verb demolish, depopulate, depredate, desolate, despoil, destroy, gut, lever, overwhelm, pillage, plunder, raid, ransack, ravage, raze, ruin, sack, wreck II index damage, despoil, destroy (efface), ex …   Law dictionary

  • devastate — (v.) 1630s, perhaps a back formation from DEVASTATION (Cf. devastation). Apparently not common until 19c.; earlier verb form devast is attested from 1530s, from M.Fr. devaster. Related: devastated …   Etymology dictionary

  • devastate — waste, *ravage, sack, pillage, despoil, spoliate Analogous words: *destroy, demolish, raze: *ruin, wreck: plunder, loot, *rob, rifle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • devastate — [v] demolish, destroy depredate, desecrate, desolate, despoil, devour, do one in*, lay waste, level, pillage, plunder, raid, ravage, raze, ruin, sack, smash, spoil, spoliate, stamp out*, take apart, total*, trash*, waste, wipe off map*, wreck;… …   New thesaurus

  • devastate — ► VERB 1) destroy or ruin. 2) overwhelm with severe shock or grief. DERIVATIVES devastation noun devastator noun. ORIGIN Latin devastare, from vastare lay waste …   English terms dictionary

  • devastate — [dev′ə stāt΄] vt. devastated, devastating [< L devastatus, pp. of devastare, to lay waste < de , intens. + vastare, to make empty < vastus, empty: see VAST] 1. to lay waste; make desolate; ravage; destroy 2. to make helpless; overwhelm… …   English World dictionary

  • devastate — verb Devastate is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑cyclone, ↑earthquake, ↑hurricane, ↑tornado, ↑typhoon Devastate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑country, ↑economy, ↑industry …   Collocations dictionary

  • devastate */ — UK [ˈdevəˌsteɪt] / US verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms devastate : present tense I/you/we/they devastate he/she/it devastates present participle devastating past tense devastated past participle devastated 1) to seriously damage or… …   English dictionary

  • devastate — [17] Etymologically as well as semantically, devastate is related to ‘lay waste’. It comes from the past participle of Latin dēvāstāre, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix dē and vāstāre ‘lay waste’. This was a derivative of vāstus… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • devastate — [17] Etymologically as well as semantically, devastate is related to ‘lay waste’. It comes from the past participle of Latin dēvāstāre, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix dē and vāstāre ‘lay waste’. This was a derivative of vāstus… …   Word origins