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devour
as in:  devoured by flames


The entire block was devoured in the fire.
  to consume or destroy completely
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Memory aid:  It might help you to remember all the other senses of devour if you think of them as all related to the sense of "to consume rapidly and completely".
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Samples:
  • The entire block was devoured in the fire.
  • I saw the mudslide devour the road.
  • That’s why she keeps talking about a fire devouring her.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • My brain seemed to lurch full speed back into life, flooding with milky-white images of the two of us sitting in front his desk, staring at each other as a fire devoured everything around us.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds

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  • So, we will devour your worldly goods and wealth
    as long as she holds out, holds to that course
    the gods have charted deep inside her heart.
    Great renown she wins for herself, no doubt,
    great loss for you in treasure.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The stars were only sparks of the fire, which devoured us.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • A dark flame had entered into my soul and devoured it.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • My house is being devoured, my rich farms destroyed,
    my palace crammed with enemies, slaughtering on and on
    my droves of sheep and shambling longhorn cattle.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • ... Better for me
    if you were devouring all my treasure, all my cattle—
    ...we’d make amends in no time.
    ...
    But now, look, you load my heart with grief—
    there’s nothing I can do!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Don’t rove from home too long,
    too far, leaving your own holdings unprotected—
    crowds in your palace so brazen
    they’ll carve up all your wealth, devour it all,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • The prince’s wealth will be devoured as always,
    mercilessly—no reparations, ever . not
    while the queen drags out our hopes to wed her,
    waiting, day after day, all of us striving hard
    to win one matchless beauty.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • A nightmarish red began to creep through the snow like spilled ink spreading, expanding, devouring.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • You know it all.
    Or is he too—like father, like son—condemned
    to hardship, roving over the barren salt sea
    while strangers devour our livelihood right here?"
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It’s wrong, Telemachus, wrong to rove so far,
    so long from home, leaving your own holdings
    unprotected—crowds in your palace so brazen
    they’ll carve up all your wealth, devour it all,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • See to your feasting elsewhere,
    devour your own possessions, house to house by turns.
    But if you decide the fare is better, richer here,
    destroying one man’s goods and going scot-free,
    all right then, carve away!
     But I’ll cry out to the everlasting gods in hopes
    that Zeus will pay you back with a vengeance—all of you
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Gray walls and concrete floors had bleached out almost every memory of my parents’ house, stripping away first the small details—the smell of my mom’s honey-soaked biscuits, the order of the pictures lining the staircase wall—before going on to devour the bigger ones, too.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • The mobs were set to destroy him, rip his life out,
    devour his vast wealth to their heart’s content,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Your way is a far cry from the time-honored way
    of suitors locked in rivalry, striving to win
    some noble woman, a wealthy man’s daughter.
    They bring in their own calves and lambs
    to feast the friends of the bride-to-be, yes,
    and shower her with gleaming gifts as well.
    They don’t devour the woman’s goods scot-free.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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