1. wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction (Freq. 1)

possessing annihilative power


a devastating hurricane


the guns opened a withering fire

Syn: ↑annihilative, ↑devastating, ↑withering
Similar to: ↑destructive
Derivationally related forms: ↑annihilate (for: ↑annihilative)
2. making light of

afire with annihilating invective


a devastating portrait of human folly


"to compliments inflated I've a withering reply"- W.S.Gilbert

Syn: ↑devastating, ↑withering
Similar to: ↑disrespectful

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