Meaning of “devastating” in the English Dictionary

"devastating" in British English

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devastatingadjective

uk /ˈdev.ə.steɪ.tɪŋ/ us /ˈdev.ə.steɪ.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.

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  • The missile strike was devastating - the target was totally obliterated.
  • We are deeply saddened by this devastating tragedy.
  • A devastating attack was launched on the rebel stronghold.
  • Pesticides have had a devastating effect on the environment.
  • Satellite images showed clearly the devastating impact of the earthquake.
devastatingly
adverb uk /ˈdev.ə.steɪ.tɪŋ.li/ us /ˈdev.ə.steɪ.t̬ɪŋ.li/

devastatingly beautiful/powerful

(Definition of “devastating” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"devastating" in American English

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devastatingadjective

us /ˈdev·əˌsteɪ·t̬ɪŋ/

causing great damage or suffering to something or someone:

devastating criticisms
It will have a devastating impact on the economy.

(Definition of “devastating” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)