Search Result for "devastating":
1. making light of;
- Example: "afire with annihilating invective"
- Example: "a devastating portrait of human folly"
- Example: "to compliments inflated I've a withering reply"- W.S.Gilbert
[syn: annihilating, devastating, withering]
2. wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction;
- Example: "possessing annihilative power"
- Example: "a devastating hurricane"
- Example: "the guns opened a withering fire"
[syn: annihilative, annihilating, devastating, withering]
3. physically or spiritually devastating; often used in combination;
- Example: "a crushing blow"
- Example: "a crushing rejection"
- Example: "bone-crushing"
[syn: crushing, devastating]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Devastate \Dev"as*tate\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devastated; p. pr. & vb. n. Devastating.] [L. devastatus, p. p. of devastare to devastate; de + vastare to lay waste, vastus waste. See Vast.] To lay waste; to ravage; to desolate. [1913 Webster] Whole countries . . . were devastated. --Macaulay. Syn: To waste; ravage; desolate; destroy; demolish; plunder; pillage. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
devastating \devastating\ adj. 1. highly critical; making light of; as, a devastating portrait of human folly. Syn: annihilating, withering. [WordNet 1.5] 2. causing or capable of causing complete destruction; as, a devastating hurricane. Syn: annihilative. [WordNet 1.5]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
79 Moby Thesaurus words for "devastating": acid, baneful, beaming, bewitching, bitter, blooming, bright, brilliant, calamitous, captivating, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophic, caustic, consuming, consumptive, dazzling, deadly, demolishing, demolitionary, depredatory, desolating, destroying, destructive, disastrous, divine, doomful, enthralling, fatal, fateful, fratricidal, glamorous, glorious, glowing, gorgeous, heavenly, incisive, internecine, keen, killing, mordant, nihilist, nihilistic, overpowering, penetrating, radiant, ravaging, raving, ravishing, resplendent, ruining, ruinous, sarcastic, sardonic, satirical, savage, self-destructive, shining, sparkling, spectacular, spellbinding, splendid, splendorous, splendrous, stunning, sublime, subversionary, subversive, suicidal, telling, trenchant, vandalic, vandalish, vandalistic, virulent, vitriolic, wasteful, wasting, withering