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devastating

adjective
     
dev‧a‧stat‧ing
1 badly damaging or destroying something
devastating effect/impact
Acid rain has a devastating effect on the forest.
devastating results/consequences
The oil spill had devastating consequences for wildlife.
It will be a devastating blow for the town if the factory closes.
2 making someone feel extremely sad or shocked:
He was in Nice when he heard the devastating news.
Long-term unemployment can be devastating.
3 very impressive or effective:
In a devastating display of military muscle, soldiers seized the town.
4 literary extremely attractive:
a devastating smile
devastatingly adverb:
a devastatingly attractive man

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