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shatter

verb uk   /ˈʃæt.ər/ us    /ˈʃæt̬.ɚ/
[I or T] to (cause something to) break suddenly into very small pieces: The glass shattered into a thousand tiny pieces. His leg was shattered in the accident. [T] to end or severely damage something: The book shattered all her illusions about the Romans. Noisy motorbikes shattered the peace.
-shattering
suffix uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  
a confidence-shattering defeat (= one which destroys confidence)
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