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Definition 1: the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for devastation in the sense of this definition

(devastation is a kind of ...) the act of ending something

"the termination of the agreement"

(... is a kind of devastation ) (law) the intentional destruction of a document or an alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence

(... is a kind of devastation ) the act of demolishing

"the demolition of the huge tower was quite a spectacle"

(... is a kind of devastation ) an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire)

"a nuclear holocaust"

(... is a kind of devastation ) the act of exterminating

(... is a kind of devastation ) a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged

(... is a kind of devastation ) (euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)

(... is a kind of devastation ) the act of destroying yourself

"his insistence was pure self-destruction"

(... is a kind of devastation ) destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)

(... is a kind of devastation ) destruction by annihilating something

(... is a kind of devastation ) complete destruction of a building

(... is a kind of devastation ) destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined

(... is a kind of devastation ) the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile

"the pilot reported two kills during the mission"

(... is a kind of devastation ) an act that has disastrous consequences

(... is a kind of devastation ) willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others

Definition 2: plundering with excessive damage and destruction - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for devastation in the sense of this definition

(devastation is a kind of ...) the act of stealing valuable things from a place

"the plundering of the Parthenon" "his plundering of the great authors"

Definition 3: an event that results in total destruction - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for devastation in the sense of this definition

(devastation is a kind of ...) an event that results in destruction

Definition 4: the feeling of being confounded or overwhelmed - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where devastation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her departure left him in utter devastation

(devastation is a kind of ...) the experiencing of affective and emotional states

"she had a feeling of euphoria" "he had terrible feelings of guilt" "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"

Definition 5: the state of being decayed or destroyed - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for devastation in the sense of this definition

(devastation is a kind of ...) a symptom of reduced quality or strength

(... is a kind of devastation ) an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction

"you have brought ruin on this entire family"

(... is a kind of devastation ) a state or condition being blighted

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