languish, waste, forsake, consume, scourge, abandon, liquidate, lay waste to, confound, macerate, desolate, confute, pine away, neutralise, squander, do in, neutralize, rot, help, confuse, blow, knock off, depopulate, run off, ravage, defeat, flagellate, desert, overwhelm, crush, harry, ware, emaciate.
destroy (part of speech: verb)
- lay waste,
- tear down,
- rip to shreds,
- mow down,
Weeds began to devastate
her garden, and Wilfred used to look over the fence and wish uncle Jim would do something.
- "Country Neighbors", Alice Brown.
Fabius Valens was to lure the Gauls to his standard, or, if they refused, to devastate
their country, and then invade Italy by way of the Cottian Alps.
- "Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II", Caius Cornelius Tacitus.
Thus, the hateful trade went on apace, threatening to devastate
the Continent which explorers, missionaries, and traders were opening up.
- "The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)", John Holland Rose.