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English definition of “devastating”

devastating

adjective (VERY HARMFUL)    /ˈdev.ə.steɪ.tɪŋ/ US  /-t̬ɪŋ/
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.Dangerous and harmful devastatingly     /-li/ adverb devastatingly beautiful/powerfulVery and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
(Definition of devastating adjective (VERY HARMFUL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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