Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): dev·as·tat·ed; dev·as·tat·ing
Etymology: Latin devastatus, past participle of devastare, from de- + vastare to lay waste —
1 : to bring to ruin or desolation by violent action 2 : to reduce to chaos, disorder, or helplessness
This is the home of the in-laws of one of my co-workers. It was devastated in the tornado that ripped through Kirksville last week. Devastation is the only word I know to describe what I saw that day. For a few days I have been trying to think of something more to say about that, but the truth is that devastation is just beyond words.