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
  1. noun
    the state of being decayed or destroyed
    synonyms: desolation
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    ruin, ruination
    an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction
    blight
    a state or condition being blighted
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    deterioration, impairment
    a symptom of reduced quality or strength
  2. noun
    the feeling of being confounded or overwhelmed
    “her departure left him in utter devastation
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    feeling
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  3. noun
    an event that results in total destruction
    synonyms: desolation
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    ruin, ruination
    an event that results in destruction
  4. noun
    the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
    synonyms: destruction
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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
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    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
  5. noun
    plundering with excessive damage and destruction
    synonyms: ravaging
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    pillage, pillaging, plundering
    the act of stealing valuable things from a place
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