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"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 ​mainshoppingarea, it would have been devastating. The ​drought has had devastating consequences/​effects.

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  • devastating adjective (STRONG EFFECT)

C1 making someone very ​shocked and ​upset: devastating ​news
used to ​describe a ​personalquality that has a ​powerfuleffect: She had a devastating ​beauty/​charm/​smile that few men could ​resist.
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 ​greatdamage 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)
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