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devastate

  

      vb   tr  
1    to lay waste or make desolate; ravage; destroy  
2    to confound or overwhelm, as with grief or shock  
     (C17: from Latin devastare, from de- + vastare to ravage; related to vastus waste, empty)  
  devastation      n  
  devastative      adj  
  devastator      n  
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devastate

  
1    demolish, desolate, despoil, destroy, lay waste, level, pillage, plunder, ravage, raze, ruin, sack, spoil, total     (slang)   trash     (slang)   waste, wreck  
2      (informal)   chagrin, confound, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, floor     (informal)   nonplus, overpower, overwhelm, take aback  

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