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devastate

verb [T]  /ˈdev·əˌsteɪt/ us  
to cause great damage or suffering to something or someone, or to violently destroy a place: Waves of corporate downsizing have devastated employee morale. I was so devastated I was crying constantly. The town was devastated by a hurricane in 1928.
devastation
noun [U]  /ˌdev·əˈsteɪ·ʃən/ us  
The tornado has already left a trail of devastation through four states from Nebraska to Missouri.
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