devastation

When there's devastation, there's terrible destruction. You can see the devastation from a violent hurricane and feel devastation over all the people that were injured.

When a natural disaster causes widespread death and destruction, that's devastation. This is a strong word that suggests serious damage has occurred, leaving almost nothing left. One knocked over car isn't devastation, but a whole town being wiped out is. People can also feel devastation — it's a kind of extreme sadness or state of feeling emotionally wrecked.

DEFINITIONS OF: devastation

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n the state of being decayed or destroyed

Synonyms:
desolation
Types:
ruin, ruination
an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction
blight
a state or condition being blighted
Type of:
deterioration, impairment
a symptom of reduced quality or strength

n the feeling of being confounded or overwhelmed

“her departure left him in utter devastation
Type of:
feeling
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n an event that results in total destruction

Synonyms:
desolation
Type of:
ruin, ruination
an event that results in destruction

n the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists

Synonyms:
destruction
Types:
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disaster
an act that has disastrous consequences
kill
the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile
laying waste, ruin, ruination, ruining, wrecking
destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
demolishing, leveling, razing, tearing down
complete destruction of a building
annihilation, obliteration
destruction by annihilating something
decimation
destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)
self-destruction
the act of destroying yourself
neutralisation, neutralization
(euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)
sabotage
a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged
extermination, liquidation
the act of exterminating
holocaust
an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire)
demolition
the act of demolishing
spoliation
(law) the intentional destruction of a document or an alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence
hooliganism, malicious mischief, vandalism
willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others
atomisation, atomization
annihilation by reducing something to atoms
pulverisation, pulverization
annihilation by pulverizing something
vaporisation, vaporization
annihilation by vaporizing something
bombing
the use of bombs for sabotage; a tactic frequently used by terrorists
Type of:
conclusion, ending, termination
the act of ending something

n plundering with excessive damage and destruction

Synonyms:
ravaging
Type of:
pillage, pillaging, plundering
the act of stealing valuable things from a place
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