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English definition of “devastating”


adjective (STRONG EFFECT)    /ˈdev.ə.steɪ.tɪŋ/ US  /-t̬ɪŋ/
C1 making someone very shocked and upset: devastating newsSaddening, shocking and upsetting describes a personal quality that has a powerful effect: She had a devastating beauty/charm/smile that few men could resist.Having a powerful effectStrong feelingsVery and extreme devastatingly     /-li/ adverb devastatingly beautiful/powerfulVery and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
(Definition of devastating adjective (STRONG EFFECT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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