Fake Etymologies

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dev‧as‧tate, v. /ˈdɛvəˌsteɪt/

From Sanskrit देव (deva), meaning “deity.” Due to a misunderstanding involving the implied referent of Mahadeva – the god Śiva, destroyer of evil – it was believed for a time that the devs were supernatural beings of destruction. Thus a thing or area that had been completely destroyed was said to have been devastated.