to damage (a place) severely or destroy itA fire devastated large parts of the castle.
The building was completely destroyed.
Roads have been destroyed and crops ruined.
Imperial troops sacked the French ambassador's residence in Rome.
Vandals wrecked the garden.
It is important not to let mistakes spoil your life.
The building is being demolished to make way for a motorway.
Would they trash the place when the party was over?
Further tremors could level yet more buildings.
I broke my collar bone and totalled the bike.
The soldiers had ravaged the village.
They plundered and burned the town.
A great famine desolated the country.
Soldiers went on a rampage, pillaging stores and shooting.
Dozens of villages have been razed.
the modern day industry which has despoiled the town
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in the sense of confound
The findings confound all the government's predictions.
in the sense of demolish
to tear down or break up (buildings)The building is being demolished to make way for a motorway.
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Life on the edge