From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdevastatingdev‧a‧stat‧ing /ˈdevəsteɪtɪŋ/ ●○○ adjective 🔊 🔊 1DESTROYbadly 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.2SHOCKmaking someone feel extremely sad or shocked 🔊 He was in Nice when he heard the devastating news. 🔊 Long-term unemployment can be devastating.3STRONG FEELING OR BELIEFvery impressive or effective 🔊 In a devastating display of military muscle, soldiers seized the town.4BEAUTIFUL/GOOD-LOOKING literary extremely attractive 🔊 a devastating smile —devastatingly 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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devastating• The long-termpsychological effects of this kind of violence can be devastating.• The news of her sister's death was devastating.• This can have devastatingconsequences, and may cause long-term damage to the urinarytract.• Never before had his country had such a devastatingdrought.• But fear of crime can have a devastating effect on people's lives, and particularly on women's lives.• The oilspill had a devastating effect on seabirds 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 devastatingparody of the star's life.• Mafouz fell heavily to earth amidst sudden, devastatingsilence.• Devastating was the word that sprang to mind, so devastating that she wasn't sure she could handle a second shot!devastating effect/impact• The doctrine had a far-reaching, devastating impact.• All had suffereddevastating 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 healthprovision 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 woodenships at sea.devastating news• Then, and only then is the devastating news given to the old man.