devastating
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]


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