Devastate and Destroy


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Devastate verb – To bring destruction to (something) through violent action.
Usage example: the city was devastated, first by the earthquake and then by fires

Destroy is a synonym for devastate in activity topic. In some cases you can use "Destroy" instead a verb "Devastate", when it comes to topics like demolish. popular alternative
Nearby Words: devastation, devastating, devastator
Synonyms for Devastate


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Destroy verb – To bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of.
Usage example: their poor scores on the final exam destroyed any chance they might have had to pass the course

Devastate is a synonym for destroy in spoil topic. You can use "Devastate" instead a verb "Destroy", if it concerns topics such as ruin, wreck. popular alternative
Nearby Words: destroyed, destroyer, destroying
Synonyms for Destroy

Common collocations

life devastate life destroy life
family devastate family destroy family
civilization devastate civilization destroy civilization
base devastate base destroy base
Other nouns: army, universe, earth, world, ship, planet, city, galaxy, enemy, forces, enemies, buildings, worlds, planets, ships, cities, targets.
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