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devastating

adjective uk   /ˈdev.ə.steɪ.tɪŋ/ us    /-t̬ɪŋ/

devastating adjective (VERY HARMFUL)

C2 causing a lot of damage or destruction: If the bomb had exploded in the main shopping area, it would have been devastating. The drought has had devastating consequences/effects.

devastating adjective (STRONG EFFECT)

C1 making someone very shocked and upset: devastating news describes a personal quality that has a powerful effect: She had a devastating beauty/charm/smile that few men could resist.
devastatingly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
devastatingly beautiful/powerful
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