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 for devastating
From 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;
          [1913 Webster]

From 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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: making light of; "afire with annihilating invective"; "a
             devastating portrait of human folly"; "to compliments
             inflated I've a withering reply"- W.S.Gilbert [syn:
             annihilating, devastating, withering]
      2: wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction;
         "possessing annihilative power"; "a devastating hurricane";
         "the guns opened a withering fire" [syn: annihilative,
         annihilating, devastating, withering]
      3: physically or spiritually devastating; often used in
         combination; "a crushing blow"; "a crushing rejection";
         "bone-crushing" [syn: crushing, devastating]

From 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

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