Definition of devastating adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdevəsteɪtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdevəsteɪtɪŋ//
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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. 3impressive and powerful his devastating performance in the 100 metres Her smile was devastating. a devastating attack on the President’s economic record
  4. Extra examples The news that he was leaving home was absolutely devastating. It was then that she heard the devastating news that her father was dead. She was injured in a devastating explosion.
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