devastating devastating  /ˈdɛ və ˌsteɪ tɪŋ/


  1. (adj) making light of
  2. (adj) wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
  3. (adj) physically or spiritually devastating; often used in combination


  1. Lead is the contaminant that shows up most frequently on Blacksmith's list because the toll it takes on children can be so devastating.
  2. Tripped Up By Lies A report paints a devastating portrait of ATF's Waco planning -- or, rather, the lack of it.
  3. Already, early studies show Monsanto's highly popular Bt corn could prove devastating to Monarch butterflies.


  1. Moving Forward: Royal Gorge Bridge and Park officials talk rebuilding after devastating fire

    Tragic. Devastating. Cataclysmic. Demoralizing. Desertscape. Moonscape.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Canon City Daily Record

  2. 10 Most Devastating Knockouts in UFC Title Fights

    Devastating knockouts happen on an almost weekly basis inside the Octagon, but it's much rarer for a spectacular finish to occur when a UFC title is on the line. Championship bouts see two highly skilled and heavily trained athletes going at it, so a competitor making a mistake that would result in them being stopped is much less likely than it would be in a bout between two unproven prospects ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Devastating flood five years ago changed landscape, taught lessons

    A devastating flood in 2008 that killed three people and caused $763 million in damage also changed the landscape of many Wisconsin counties - and while the changes were hard to stomach for some, authorities say the state learned valuable lessons and will
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The Appleton Post-Crescent


  1. ...White House said President George W. Bush was calling Republican lawmakers, while Obama told reporters at a news conference in Chicago an industry shutdown would have a "devastating ripple effect" on the already ragged economy."
    on Dec 10, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: USA Today

  2. Referring to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Romney said, "They would retreat, declare defeat, and the consequence of that would be devastating."
    on Mar 10, 2008 By: Mitt Romney Source: RealClearPolitics (blog)

  3. -Longtime friend Brooke Shields: "My heart is overcome with sadness for the devastating loss of my true friend Michael," adds Brooke Shields, who raised eyebrows when she briefly dated Jackson. "He was an extraordinary friend, artist and...
    on Jun 25, 2009 By: Paul McCartney Source: USA Today

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untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /