Synonyms of devastating in English:


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1‘a devastating cyclone struck Bangladesh in April’


destructive, ruinous, disastrous, catastrophic, calamitous, cataclysmic

pernicious, noxious, harmful, damaging, injurious, hurtful, wounding, violent, detrimental, deleterious, disadvantageous, ravaging, crippling, savage, fierce, brutal, dangerous, fatal, deadly, lethal, death-dealing

2‘a bereavement can be a devastating blow’


shattering, shocking, traumatic, overwhelming, crushing, extremely upsetting, distressing, severe, savage, terrible, very great

informal gut-wrenching

3‘he could look utterly devastating when he wanted to’


gorgeous, stunning, glamorous, dazzling, ravishing, striking, beautiful, lovely, captivating, bewitching, beguiling, engaging, charming, charismatic, enchanting, appealing, arresting, delightful, irresistible, desirable, luscious, sexy, sexually attractive, seductive, alluring

fanciable, beddable, tasty, hot, smashing, knockout, drop-dead gorgeous, out of this world, easy on the eye

British fit

North American cute, foxy

NZ Australian spunky

literary beauteous

archaic taking, well favoured, comely, fair

rare sightly, pulchritudinous

4‘he presented devastating arguments against the plan’


incisive, highly effective, penetrating, cutting, mordant, trenchant

withering, blistering, searing, scathing, scorching, fierce, ferocious, savage, severe, stinging, biting, virulent, caustic, vitriolic, scornful, sharp, bitter, acid, harsh, unsparing

rare mordacious