devastate


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Devastate \Dev"as*tate\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
   Devastated; p. pr. & vb. n. Devastating.] [L. devastatus,
   p. p. of devastare to devastate; de + vastare to lay waste,
   vastus waste. See Vast.]
   To lay waste; to ravage; to desolate.
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         Whole countries . . . were devastated.   --Macaulay.

   Syn: To waste; ravage; desolate; destroy; demolish; plunder;
        pillage.
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