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crushing

adjective
     
crush‧ing [usually before noun]
1 very hard to deal with, and making you lose hope and confidence:
The Eighth Army had suffered a crushing defeat.
Failing his final exams was a crushing blow (=made him lose hope and confidence).
the crushing burden of debt
2 a crushing remark, reply etc contains a very strong criticism
crushingly adverb:
'That's fairly obvious,' she replied crushingly.

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