Definition of devastation in English:



mass noun
  • 1Great destruction or damage.

    ‘the floods caused widespread devastation’
    • ‘Seventeen years after the nuclear accident, the people of the region are still coming to terms with the devastation.’
    • ‘We finally manage to get to the heart of the eerie water delta where the devastation was appalling.’
    • ‘Hurricane Ike could unleash devastation within only a few hours.’
    • ‘They also, like all Germans, expected to need to work hard to rebuild the country after the devastation of the war.’
    • ‘The death toll does not tell the devastation the flood has caused.’
    • ‘He had also protected the only habitat of civilization from the devastation of the destructive angels.’
    • ‘Ivor Jones, a Liverpool-born pastor, likened the scenes to the devastation wrought in England by the Blitz.’
    • ‘Almost a year has passed since one of the worst landslides recorded in Scotland wreaked devastation at Glen Ogle, near Stirling.’
    • ‘This haunting song was a brilliant musical evocation of the social devastation of the Thatcher years.’
    • ‘In this age of ecological devastation, the bottom line in evaluating a technology is whether it is sustainable.’
    • ‘Seismic forces and rushing walls of water adding up to utter devastation.’
    • ‘We should never forget the devastation caused by the Asian tsunami.’
    • ‘Research shows the scale of devastation wrought by recent hurricanes can indeed be traced to global warming.’
    • ‘Something as simple as a short circuit caused all of this devastation.’
    • ‘The ashes and the smoke from the devastation drifted through the air throughout the city for days after the tragic event.’
    • ‘The president saw down below what he called devastation.’
    • ‘Much of the worst devastation on the Six Rivers corresponds to areas previously ravaged by a ferocious 1995 wind storm.’
    • ‘The scene was gruesome; the devastation was immediately obvious.’
    • ‘The amount of environmental devastation in the country is incredible.’
    • ‘Reporters touring the camp yesterday encountered widespread devastation.’
    destruction, ruin, desolation, depredation, waste, havoc, wreckage
    laying waste, destruction, wrecking, ruination, despoliation, ransacking, ravaging
    shock, trauma, upheaval, distress, stress, strain, pain, anguish, suffering, upset, agony, misery, sorrow, grief, heartache, heartbreak, torture, traumatization
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  • 2Severe and overwhelming shock or grief.

    ‘she spoke of her devastation at his death’
    • ‘The family was away from the house that night and came home in the early hours to a scene of devastation.’
    • ‘To her devastation her father even criticised her approach to acting during the filming.’
    • ‘A cotswold grandmother has spoken of her devastation following the decision to close the Alderman Knight School next year.’
    • ‘Faster than most people would think possible, beauty was born from devastation.’
    • ‘There was no place for her to hide from her utter devastation.’
    • ‘I hope that the committee hears the devastation of the victims.’
    • ‘We cannot express the shock and devastation the family are feeling.’
    • ‘Many won't even know of the devastations caused by their adopted son.’
    • ‘And you could just see in their face devastation.’
    • ‘In a minute, my phone will ring and I'll have to hide my devastation and pretend not to mind.’
    • ‘Having seen atrocious loss in World War II, I understand the devastation of armed conflict.’
    • ‘This week his grieving widow Alison, of St John's Road, spoke of her devastation at Gholam's two-year sentence.’
    • ‘Time slows down in the wake of such personal devastations.’
    • ‘They don't need soundtracks to remind us of the pain or the devastation.’
    • ‘Yet that was just cover for her devastation.’
    • ‘It also led him to feelings of exquisite pain and devastation.’