devastate

Synonyms and related words:
abash, bring to ruin, chagrin, condemn, confound, consume, damn, deal destruction, decimate, demolish, depopulate, depredate, desecrate, desolate, despoil, destroy, devour, discombobulate, discomfit, disconcert, dispeople, dissolve, embarrass, engorge, flatten, floor, gobble, gobble up, gut, gut with fire, havoc, humiliate, incinerate, lay in ruins, lay waste, level, mortify, nonplus, obliterate, overwhelm, pillage, ravage, raze, ruin, ruinate, sack, shatter, shipwreck, shock, spoil, spoliate, swallow up, take aback, throw into disorder, unleash destruction, unleash the hurricane, unpeople, upheave, vandalize, vaporize, waste, wrack, wreak havoc, wreck

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  • 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

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