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 for devastation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Devastation \Dev`as*ta"tion\, n. [Cf. F. d['e]vastation.]
     1. The act of devastating, or the state of being devastated;
        a laying waste.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Even now the devastation is begun,
              And half the business of destruction done.
                                                    --Goldsmith.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Law) Waste of the goods of the deceased by an executor or
        administrator. --Blackstone.
  
     Syn: Desolation; ravage; waste; havoc; destruction; ruin;
          overthrow.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  devastation
      n 1: the state of being decayed or destroyed [syn:
           devastation, desolation]
      2: the feeling of being confounded or overwhelmed; "her
         departure left him in utter devastation"
      3: an event that results in total destruction [syn:
         devastation, desolation]
      4: plundering with excessive damage and destruction [syn:
         ravaging, devastation]
      5: the termination of something by causing so much damage to it
         that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists [syn:
         destruction, devastation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "devastation":
     bloodbath, blue ruin, breakup, carnage, confusion, consumption,
     damnation, decimation, depopulation, depredation, desolation,
     despoilment, despoliation, destruction, disintegration,
     disorganization, dispeoplement, disruption, dissolution, havoc,
     hecatomb, holocaust, loss, perdition, ravage, ruin, ruination,
     shambles, slaughter, spoliation, undoing, vandalism, waste, wrack,
     wrack and ruin, wreck
  
  

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