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to destroy completely as or as if by conquering

Synonyms for devastate

cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

overwhelm or overpower

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Adam resolutely turned his back on the devastation and hurried on.
Basuli and his warriors had noted the devastation the moment they had come in sight of the farm.
And as there had been no other cities along the river up to that point, the devastation was infinitely greater than time alone could have wrought.
When the typhus fever had fulfilled its mission of devastation at Lowood, it gradually disappeared from thence; but not till its virulence and the number of its victims had drawn public attention on the school.
Society suddenly finds itself put back into a state of momentary barbarism; it appears as if a famine, a universal war of devastation had cut off the supply of every means of subsistence; industry and commerce seem to be destroyed; and why?
Here all is harmony; the devastation seems organized," said the colonel, pulling the chain of a bell; but the bell was without a clapper.
The ever-new passions which consumed her gave to her life the appearance of those clouds which float in the heavens, reflecting sometimes azure, sometimes fire, sometimes the opaque blackness of the tempest, and which leave no traces upon the earth behind them but devastation and death.
Statesmen, rulers, generals, and all men who act over an extensive sphere, are most liable to be deluded in this way; they commit wrong, devastation, and murder, on so grand a scale, that it impresses them as speculative rather than actual; but in our procession we find them linked in detestable conjunction with the meanest criminals whose deeds have the vulgarity of petty details.
PESHAWAR -- Pakistan Red Crescent Society and German Red Cross Society jointly launched a project in Shangla and Kohistan areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to educate the masses about possible measures to avert natural calamities' devastations.
The government should reform its working Earlier addressing the donor conference Nawaz Sharif said that prevailing floods devastations has jolted the economy of the country and in the prevailing circumstances militants could take advantage of the situation if the floods affectees are not provided timely assistance.
TAMBOO -- Devastations caused by floods are heart breaking.
MULTAN, September 16, 2010 (Frontier Star): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that government of Pakistan has been tackling flood devastations across the country with the assistance of world community and rehabilitation process in the flooded areas was going on with the consultation of provincial governments and federal government.
MULTAN, September 16, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that government of Pakistan has been tackling flood devastations across the country with the assistance of world community and rehabilitation process in the flooded areas was going on with the consultation of provincial governments and federal government.
KARACHI, September 03, 2010 (Frontier Star): Special meeting of Sindh cabinet has been cabinet Saturday's evening in chief minister house to review the devastations caused by floods and President Asif Ali Zardari will also attend the meeting.