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Severity of ImpactPlay
Used to emphasize the serious damage or destruction caused to a place, object, or concept. SlideThe forest fire devastated the wildlife habitat for miles.
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Not Physical HarmPlay
Often describes destruction that isn't physical, such as economic or social impacts. SlideNew laws devastated the small business community.
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Natural DisastersPlay
Commonly used in the context of natural disasters causing widespread damage. SlideA massive earthquake devastated the region last night.