WordMeaningSynonyms
DevastateCause extensive destruction or ruin utterlyRuin, Wreck, Depredate (to plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage.), Ravage (to work havoc upon; damage or mar by ravages: a face ravaged by grief.), Lay waste to, Scourge
Enjoin1. Issue an injunction

2. Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority/to prescribe (a course of action) with authority or emphasis: The doctor enjoined a strict diet.

Impose, restrain, order, instruct
InstigateProvoke or stir upIncite, provoke, stir up, set off, prompt, Pique (to arouse an emotion or provoke to action: to pique someone to answer a challenge/to excite (interest, curiosity, etc.)
EffectuateProduce/to bring about; effect.Bring about, Bring off, Bring on, Lead to, touch off, Stir, Induce
ExpediteTo speed up the progress of; hasten: to expedite shipments.Hasten
Preempt1. Acquire for oneself before others can do so

2. Take the place of or have precedence over (“live broadcast of the presidential debate preempts the regular news hour”)

3. To occupy (land) in order to establish a prior right to buy.

CoerceTo cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual meansBulldoze, Blackjack (to compel by threat/to strike or beat with a blackjack.)
Extirpate1. to remove or destroy totally; do away with; exterminate

2. to pull up by or as if by the roots; root up: to extirpate an unwanted hair.

Stamp out, efface, annihilate, exterminate
CommandeerTake arbitrarily or by forceHighjack, Arrogate, Enslave
Embroil1. To bring into discord or conflict; involve in contention or strife.

2. To throw into confusion; complicate.

Entangled, tangle, enmesh, perplex



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