"devastates" in the verb sense
1. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge
cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
"The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
overwhelm or overpower
"He was devastated by his grief when his son died"
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