Word Of The Week (WOW #1)


Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

Here is my WOW for this week:


Word: devastating

Part Of Speech: adjective ; verb ; devastate; adverb: devastatingly; noun: devastation,devastator; adjective: devastative,  

Pronunciation: [devuh-stey-ting]

Meaning:  extremely effective in a destructive way, causing severe shock, distress, or grief,

Synonyms:  destructive, ruinous, disastrous, catastrophic,calamitous, cataclysmic

Word Origin: mid 17th century: from Latin devastat- ‘laid waste’, from the verb devastare, from de- ‘thoroughly’ + vastare ‘lay waste’.

Antonyms: blessed, fortunate

Use in sentence: 

  • His decision has been devastating to our department.
  • When sea levels rise rapidly, as they have been doing, even a small increase can have devastating effects on coastal habitats.
  • More than nine months after the country’s devastating earthquake, cholera epidemic has sickened thousands.
If you’d like to check out more interesting words then visit Heena’s page:

Word Treasure

16 thoughts on “Word Of The Week (WOW #1)

  1. A good word to start with for this challenge, Aletta. Your sentences demonstrate very well how it can be used. A great picture of the devastating effects of a forest fire, too. 🙂


  2. Glad you are starting to use this challenge. I wanted to participate but my English is so poor I don’t know which word I can use. (Tong in die kies, my groot woorde is baie algemeen)

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    1. I love learning new words!! ( Ek ken ook nie baie groot woorde nie!! Dankie tog vir google en woordeboeke! Ek kyk maar watter foto’s ek het vir ‘n woord! 🙂 )


  3. Great pick Aletta! It describes the negative emotion so well.
    Thanks for participating in WOW weekly prompt 🙂

    PS: You can number the WOW as per your posts… like this is your first, right? So name it WOW #1 (mine was 10th so I named it WOW #10) 🙂

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