(Latin: waste, lay waste completely; from vastare, "to make empty, to lay waste", from vastus, "empty, waste, desert")
2. To destroy; to render desolate: The Romans devastated the Greek city.
3. To overwhelm or to overpower people by greatly shocking or upsetting them: The shocking news of the murder was devastating the children who had held onto the hope that their father would still be alive.
4. To cause a person to feel extreme emotional pain and agony: Shirley was devastated by the breakup of her marriage.
2. The feeling of being confounded or overwhelmed: Hank's sudden departure left his family in utter devastation.
3. An event that results in total destruction: It took years for the city to recover from the devastation caused by the hurricane.
4. Plundering with excessive damage and destruction; ravaging: The crowds that gathered as a result of the shooting of a youth got out of control and caused extensive devastations in the city.
5. The ruination, wrecking, obliteration of something to the degree that it cannot be fixed and so it no longer exists: The train wreck and subsequent explosion caused great devastation in the community.
2. Very extensive in degree or intensity: Hannah experienced a vast relief when she learned that her cat was not seriously ill.
Sharon has a vast amount of knowledge on the etymologies, or origins, of words.
The written assignment for his chemistry course required a vaster amount of research than Harrison had anticipated and so he had to study all night to complete the assignment on time.3. Etymology: from Middle French vaste, from Latin vastus, "immense, extensive, huge"; also, "desolate, unoccupied, empty".
Latin vastus (short "a") is said to have been distinct from vastus (long "a", [VAYS tuhs]), "desolate"; however, the two forms apparently merged early in Latin, so that the English vast is related to "waste", as in Old English weste, "desolate".
The Latin vastus is believed by some scholars to originally have meant "empty, unoccupied, deserted".