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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.
were showered on the three young men with overwhelming force; and, from her well-stored arsenal issued glances, kindly recognitions, and a thousand other little charming attentions which were intended to strike at long range the gentlemen who formed the escort, the townspeople, the officers of the different cities she passed through, pages, populace, and servants; it was wholesale slaughter, a general devastation. By the time Madame arrived at Paris, she had reduced to slavery about a hundred thousand lovers: and brought in her train to Paris half a dozen men who were almost mad about her, and two who were, indeed, literally out of their minds.
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.
CHITRAL -- The residents of flood-hit Reshun village have pinned hopes on the newly elected chief minister, Mahmood Khan, for solution of their problems because he had seen the devastations for himself last year during his visit to the area as irrigation minister.
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.
A seminar on the devastations of atomic warfare and a photo exhibition of Pre and post-war Hiroshima were held at the Alhamra here on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing on Hiroshima.
About flood devastations, Imran Khan said that flood has caused large scale devastation in Chitral.
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.