Definitions

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  • adj. causing devastation
  • v. Present participle of devastate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. highly critical; making light of.
  • adj. causing or capable of causing complete destruction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
  • adj. physically or spiritually devastating; often used in combination
  • adj. making light of

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The demonstrators, from the nonprofit group Housing Works, were protesting what they called devastating cuts that the mayor proposes each year to city services for low-income people with AIDS, such as housing and nutrition, Housing Works said.

    Housing Works Activists In Bagel Suits Arrested At AIDS Protest

  • From his research he developed a list of traits to avert what he calls the devastating infection of "affluenza."

    How Rich Children Can Deal With 'Affluenza'

  • From his research he developed a list of traits to avert what he calls the devastating infection of affluenza.

    How Rich Children Can Deal With 'Affluenza'

  • Our political dialogue is so pathetic that the major 'issue' McCain is trying gin up in the waning moments of this campaign is what they call the devastating effects of Obama's tax plan on people and ...

    Paul Abrams: 4%--That's What Joe-the-Plumber, Socialism, Communism, is All About

  • Our political dialogue is so pathetic that the major 'issue' McCain is trying gin up in the waning moments of this campaign is what they call the devastating effects of Obama's tax plan on people and small businesses that make over $250,000 without ever being called on the carpet for not stating how much that tax increase is.

    Paul Abrams: 4%--That's What Joe-the-Plumber, Socialism, Communism, is All About

  • This is the witness that testified today in dramatic fashion in that St. George courtroom, talking about after the wedding she went through what she described as a devastating sense of powerlessness.

    CNN Transcript Nov 21, 2006

  • The Regina golfer, who had six birdies and three bogeys, is hoping to make up for what he calls a "devastating" year in golf with a victory in the California finale.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • President Barack Obama says he will travel to Missouri on Sunday to meet with people affected by what he called "devastating and heartbreaking" tornadoes.

    The Seattle Times

  • Bill Clinton and Congressional Republicans over what he described as "devastating cuts" in Medicaid and Medicare.

    NYT > Home Page

  • "I wouldn't use the word 'devastating,'" Tigers President and General Manager Dave Dombrowski said during a teleconference on Tuesday, according to the Detroit News.

    NYT > Home Page

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  • My adjectival use: 'They helped after the devastating storm.'

    August 22, 2011