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English noun: devastation

1. devastation (state) the state of being decayed or destroyed


Broader (hypernym)deterioration, impairment

Narrower (hyponym)blight, ruin, ruination

2. devastation (feeling) the feeling of being confounded or overwhelmed

SamplesHer departure left him in utter devastation.

Broader (hypernym)feeling

3. devastation (event) an event that results in total destruction


Broader (hypernym)ruin, ruination

4. devastation (act) plundering with excessive damage and destruction


Broader (hypernym)pillage, pillaging, plundering

5. devastation (act) the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists


Broader (hypernym)conclusion, ending, termination

Narrower (hyponym)annihilation, decimation, demolishing, demolition, disaster, extermination, holocaust, hooliganism, kill, laying waste, leveling, liquidation, malicious mischief, neutralisation, neutralization, obliteration, razing, ruin, ruination, ruining, sabotage, self-destruction, spoliation, tearing down, vandalism, wrecking

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