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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdevastatingdev‧a‧stat‧ing /ˈdevəsteɪtɪŋ/ ●○○ adjective  1 DESTROYbadly damaging or destroying somethingdevastating 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 SHOCKmaking someone feel extremely sad or shocked He was in Nice when he heard the devastating news. Long-term unemployment can be devastating.3 STRONG FEELING OR BELIEFvery impressive or effective In a devastating display of military muscle, soldiers seized the town.4 BEAUTIFUL/GOOD-LOOKING literary extremely attractive a devastating smiledevastatingly adverb a devastatingly attractive manCOLLOCATIONSnounsa devastating effect/impactThe recession has had a devastating impact on employment in this area.devastating consequences/resultsa terrible disease with devastating resultsa devastating flood/fire/earthquake etcThe country is still recovering from last year's devastating floods.a devastating disease/illnessCheaper medicines are needed to fight Aids and other devastating diseases.a devastating warIt will take a long time for the region to recover from such a devastating war.a devastating blow (=a devastating action or event )When a huge car bomb exploded, it was a devastating blow to the peace plan.a devastating defeatThe party suffered a devastating defeat in the local election.
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devastatingThe long-term psychological effects of this kind of violence can be devastating.The news of her sister's death was devastating.This can have devastating consequences, and may cause long-term damage to the urinary tract.Never before had his country had such a devastating drought.But fear of crime can have a devastating effect on people's lives, and particularly on women's lives.The oil spill had a devastating effect on sea birds and other wildlife.The stroke had a devastating effect on Stanley's life.The palace was rebuilt in 1832 after a devastating fire.Oh, lord, how devastating he looked when he laughed, and how much she longed to join in.The movie is a devastating parody of the star's life.Mafouz fell heavily to earth amidst sudden, devastating silence.Devastating was the word that sprang to mind, so devastating that she wasn't sure she could handle a second shot!devastating effect/impactThe doctrine had a far-reaching, devastating impact.All had suffered devastating effects from the war.Why the devastating effect of her imaginings?The potentially devastating impact of the decimation of many anti-poverty programs on recipients and on their children is explored.He believes any merger with Darlington could have a devastating effect on health provision for Bishop Auckland.Does he agree that that policy would have a devastating impact on people who live in the country areas of Teignbridge?The stroke had a devastating effect on Stanley's life.Teredo, or shipworm, can have a devastating effect on the hulls of wooden ships at sea.devastating newsThen, and only then is the devastating news given to the old man.
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