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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dev·as·tate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devastated; p. pr. & vb. n. Devastating.]  To lay waste; to ravage; to desolate.
    Whole countries . . . were devastated.   --Macaulay.
 Syn: -- To waste; ravage; desolate; destroy; demolish; plunder; pillage.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 devastating
      adj 1: making light of; "afire with annihilating invective"; "a
             devastating portrait of human folly"; "to compliments
             inflated I've a withering reply"- W.S.Gilbert [syn: annihilating,
              withering]
      2: wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction;
         "possessing annihilative power"; "a devastating
         hurricane"; "the guns opened a withering fire" [syn: annihilative,
          annihilating, withering]
      3: physically or spiritually devastating; often used in
         combination; "a crushing blow"; "a crushing rejection";
         "bone-crushing" [syn: crushing]