Saturday, June 12, 2010

word of the day

Main Entry: dev·as·tate

Pronunciation: ˈde-və-ˌstāt

Function: transitive verb

Inflected Form(s): dev·as·tat·ed; dev·as·tat·ing

Etymology: Latin devastatus, past participle of devastare, from de- + vastare to lay waste — more at waste

Date: 1638

1 : to bring to ruin or desolation by violent action (a country devastated by war)
2 : to reduce to chaos, disorder, or helplessness : overwhelm (devastated by grief - her wisecrack devastated the class)

synonyms : ravage

dev·as·tat·ing·ly \-ˌstā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

dev·as·ta·tion \ˌde-və-ˈstā-shən\ noun

dev·as·tat·ive \ˈde-və-ˌstā-tiv\ adjective

dev·as·ta·tor \-ˌstā-tər\ noun


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