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Definition of devastating adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    devastating

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈdɛvəˌsteɪt̮ɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1causing a lot of damage and destruction synonym disastrous a devastating explosion/fire/cyclone Oil spills are having a devastating effect on coral reefs in the ocean. He received devastating injuries in the accident. It will be a devastating blow to the local community if the factory closes.
  2. 2extremely shocking to a person the devastating news that her father was dead
  3. 3 impressive and powerful his devastating performance in the 100 meter relay Her smile was devastating. a devastating attack on the president's economic record
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adverb a devastatingly handsome man The play was devastatingly funny.
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