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.
n an event that results in total destruction
n the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
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an act that has disastrous consequences
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
destruction by annihilating something
destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)
the act of destroying yourself
(euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)
a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged
the act of exterminating
an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire)
the act of demolishing
(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
annihilation by reducing something to atoms
annihilation by pulverizing something
annihilation by vaporizing something
the use of bombs for sabotage; a tactic frequently used by terrorists