Definition of devastation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdevəˈsteɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdevəˈsteɪʃn//
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great destruction or damage, especially over a wide area The bomb caused widespread devastation. The cost of the devastation could run to £6 million.Extra examples The hurricane caused widespread devastation. The tornado left a trail of devastation in its wake. We surveyed the devastation wrought by the fire.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: devastation