mid-15c., from Middle French dévastation, from Late Latin devastationem (nominative devastatio), from past participle stem of Latin devastare "lay waste completely," from de- "completely" (see de-) + vastare "lay waste," from vastus "empty, desolate" (see waste (v.)).
1. Adam stumbles on, leaving a trail of devastation in his wake.
2. It's a scene of complete devastation.
3. The bomb caused widespread devastation.
4. There was devastation on every side.
5. A huge bomb blast brought chaos and devastation to the centre of Belfast yesterday.