One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the hurricane passed, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake’
destruction, ruin, desolation, depredation, waste, havoc, wreckage
2‘the devastation of East Prussia by Russian troops in 1758’
laying waste, destruction, wrecking, ruination, despoliation, ransacking, ravaging
demolition, razing, levelling, flattening, annihilation
3‘the devastation you have caused the families of your victims’
shock, trauma, upheaval, distress, stress, strain, pain, anguish, suffering, upset, agony, misery, sorrow, grief, heartache, heartbreak, torture, traumatization
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