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    wipe out/smash

    Hello:

    1. A storm smashed the entire village.
    2. A storm wiped out the entire village.

    No.2 is stronger than No.1 because "wipe out" means nothing was left of the village and "smash" means the village was broken into pieces, so there was debris. Am I correct?
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    #2

    Re: wipe out/smash

    You're probably right. What's the context?

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    Re: wipe out/smash

    I wouldn't use "smashed" in that context, and you don't need "entire" in either sentence. Thus you would have:

    A storm wiped out the village.

    Quite a storm!
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    Re: wipe out/smash

    No. Do you really think that a storm, however strong, could leave nothing left of the village at all? Not even any debris?

    2 could mean that everybody died. Without context, there is little meaning.

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    #5

    Re: wipe out/smash

    Perhaps:

    A storm wiped out the village. Those who survived were left homeless.
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    #6

    Re: wipe out/smash

    The storm devastated the village.

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