Synonyms of devastating in English:


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1‘a devastating cyclone struck Bangladesh in April’

destructive, ruinous, disastrous, catastrophic, calamitous, cataclysmic
pernicious, noxious, harmful, damaging, injurious, hurtful, wounding, violent, detrimental, deleterious, disadvantageous, ravaging, crippling, savage, fierce, brutal, dangerous, fatal, deadly, lethal, death-dealing

2‘a bereavement can be a devastating blow’

shattering, shocking, traumatic, overwhelming, crushing, extremely upsetting, distressing, severe, savage, terrible, very great
informal gut-wrenching

3‘he could look utterly devastating when he wanted to’

gorgeous, stunning, glamorous, dazzling, ravishing, striking, beautiful, lovely, captivating, bewitching, beguiling, engaging, charming, charismatic, enchanting, appealing, arresting, delightful, irresistible, desirable, luscious, sexy, sexually attractive, seductive, alluring
informal fanciable, beddable, tasty, hot, knockout, drop-dead gorgeous, out of this world, easy on the eye
British informal fit, smashing
North American informal cute, foxy
Australian, New Zealand informal spunky
literary beauteous
archaic taking, well favoured, comely, fair
rare sightly, pulchritudinous

4‘he presented devastating arguments against the plan’

incisive, highly effective, penetrating, cutting, mordant, trenchant
withering, blistering, searing, scathing, scorching, fierce, ferocious, savage, severe, stinging, biting, virulent, caustic, vitriolic, scornful, sharp, bitter, acid, harsh, unsparing
rare mordacious