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adjective devastating pronunciation in American English /ˈdevəˌsteɪtɪŋ/

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  1. 1
    causing a lot of harm or damage
    a devastating fire/storm/flood
    Gambling can have a devastating effect on families.
  2. 2
    very shocking or upsetting
    It is always devastating to be diagnosed with a terminal illness.

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