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DEVASTATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does devastation mean? 

DEVASTATION (noun)
  The noun DEVASTATION has 5 senses:

1. the state of being decayed or destroyed
2. the feeling of being confounded or overwhelmed
3. an event that results in total destruction
4. plundering with excessive damage and destruction
5. the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists

  Familiarity information: DEVASTATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEVASTATION (noun)


Sense 1devastation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being decayed or destroyed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

desolation; devastation

Hypernyms ("devastation" is a kind of...):

deterioration; impairment (a symptom of reduced quality or strength)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "devastation"):

ruin; ruination (an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction)

blight (a state or condition being blighted)


Sense 2devastation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The feeling of being confounded or overwhelmed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Context example:

her departure left him in utter devastation

Hypernyms ("devastation" is a kind of...):

feeling (the experiencing of affective and emotional states)


Sense 3devastation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An event that results in total destruction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

devastation; desolation

Hypernyms ("devastation" is a kind of...):

ruin; ruination (an event that results in destruction)


Sense 4devastation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Plundering with excessive damage and destruction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

ravaging; devastation

Hypernyms ("devastation" is a kind of...):

pillage; pillaging; plundering (the act of stealing valuable things from a place)


Sense 5devastation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

destruction; devastation

Hypernyms ("devastation" is a kind of...):

conclusion; ending; termination (the act of ending something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "devastation"):

disaster (an act that has disastrous consequences)

hooliganism; malicious mischief; vandalism (willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others)

spoliation ((law) the intentional destruction of a document or an alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence)

demolition (the act of demolishing)

holocaust (an act of great destruction and loss of life)

extermination; liquidation (the act of exterminating)

sabotage (a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged)

neutralisation; neutralization ((euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation))

self-destruction (the act of destroying yourself)

decimation (destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot))

annihilation; obliteration (destruction by annihilating something)

demolishing; leveling; razing; tearing down (complete destruction of a building)

laying waste; ruin; ruination; ruining; wrecking (destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined)

kill (the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile)


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