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

  Desolate \Des"o*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Desolated; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Desolating.]
     1. To make desolate; to leave alone; to deprive of
        inhabitants; as, the earth was nearly desolated by the
        flood.
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     2. To lay waste; to ruin; to ravage; as, a fire desolates a
        city.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Constructed in the very heart of a desolating war.
                                                    --Sparks.
        [1913 Webster]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  46 Moby Thesaurus words for "desolating":
     agonizing, baneful, calamitous, cataclysmal, cataclysmic,
     catastrophic, consuming, consumptive, deadly, demolishing,
     demolitionary, depredatory, destroying, destructive, devastating,
     disastrous, doomful, excruciating, fatal, fateful, fratricidal,
     harrowing, heartbreaking, heartrending, heartsickening,
     heartwounding, internecine, nihilist, nihilistic, racking,
     ravaging, rending, ruining, ruinous, self-destructive,
     subversionary, subversive, suicidal, tormenting, torturous,
     vandalic, vandalish, vandalistic, wasteful, wasting, withering
  
  

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