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