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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
ruin (noun)
1.
a) archaic a falling down - collapse from age to age … the crash of ruin fitfully resounds William Wordsworth
b) physical, moral, economic, or social collapse
2.
a) the state of being - ruined archaic except in plural the city lay in ruins
b) the remains of something destroyed - usually used in plural the ruins of an ancient temple the ruins of his life
3.
a cause of destruction
4.
a) the action of destroying, laying waste, or wrecking
b) - damage injury
5.
a ruined building, person, or object
ruin (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to reduce to - ruins devastate
2.
a) to damage irreparably
b) - bankrupt impoverish ruined by stock speculation
3.
intransitive verb
to subject to frustration, failure, or disaster - will ruin your chances of promotion to become - ruined
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
ruin (noun)
1.
the state or fact of being rendered nonexistent, physically unsound, or useless
SYNONIMS:
annihilation, decimation, demolishment, demolition, desolation, devastation, extermination, extinction, havoc, loss, mincemeat, obliteration, ruin, ruination, wastage, wreckage
RELATED WORDS:
depredation, despoilment, despoliation; breakup, collapse, disintegration, dissolution; assassination, execution, killing, massacre, slaughter; dismantlement, effacement, eradication
NEAR ANTONYMS:
rescue, salvage, salvation, saving; conservation, preservation, protection; reclamation, reconstruction, re-creation, refurbishment, regeneracy, remodeling, renovation, restoration
building, construction, erection, raising
ruin (noun)
Array
the portion or bits of something left over or behind after it has been destroyed
SYNONIMS:
ashes, debris, detritus, flotsam, residue, rubble, ruins, wreck, wreckage
RELATED WORDS:
jetsam, leavings, remnant; chaff, deadwood, dross, dust, garbage, junk, litter, refuse, riffraff, rubbish, scrap, trash, waste
ruin (noun)
3.
the inability to pay one's debts
SYNONIMS:
bankruptcy, failure, ruin
RELATED WORDS:
Chapter 11
solvency
ruin (noun)
4.
something that is the cause of one's ultimate failure or loss of life
SYNONIMS:
death, destruction, ruin, ruination, undoing
RELATED WORDS:
bane, curse, torment; Achilles' heel, tragic flaw
ruin (verb)
1.
to cause to lose one's fortune and become unable to pay one's debts
SYNONIMS:
bankrupt, break, bust
RELATED WORDS:
beggar, impoverish, pauperize; reduce, straiten; clean (out), wipe out
NEAR ANTONYMS:
enrich, richen
ruin (verb)
2.
to bring destruction to (something) through violent action
SYNONIMS:
destroy, devastate, ruin, scourge
RELATED WORDS:
despoil, foray, harry, loot, maraud, pillage, plunder, sack, strip; annihilate, desolate, eradicate, expunge, extinguish, extirpate, nuke, obliterate, rub out, shatter, smash, total, vaporize, waste, wipe out, wrack, wreck; decimate, mow; demolish, raze; crush, overpower, overrun, overthrow, overwhelm
NEAR ANTONYMS:
recondition, recover, redeem, rehabilitate, restore; fix, mend, patch, repair, revamp
ruin (verb)
3.
to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of
SYNONIMS:
annihilate, cream, decimate, demolish, desolate, devastate, do in, extinguish, nuke, pull down, pulverize, raze, rub out, ruin, shatter, smash, tear down, total, vaporize, waste, wrack, wreck
RELATED WORDS:
beat, best, clobber, conquer, crush, defeat, drub, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), rout, scotch, skunk, subdue, surmount, thrash, trim, triumph (over), trounce, wallop, whip, win (against); blast, blow up, break, cripple, damage, deface, deteriorate, disfigure, disintegrate, dissolve, dynamite, harm, impair, injure, mangle, mar, mutilate, spoil, vitiate; erode, scour, sweep (away), wash out, wear (away); dilapidate, disassemble, dismantle, gut, take down, unbuild, undo, unmake; blot out, efface, eradicate, expunge, exterminate, extirpate, liquidate, obliterate, remove, root (out), snuff (out), stamp (out), wipe out; despoil, havoc, loot, pillage, plunder, ravage, sack, trample, trash, vandalize; assassinate, butcher, cut down, dispatch, execute, fell, kill, kill off, massacre, mow (down), murder, slaughter, slay, take out, zap
NEAR ANTONYMS:
doctor, fix, mend, patch, recondition, repair, revamp; create, invent; assemble, fabricate, fashion, forge, form, frame, make, manufacture, mold, produce, shape; bring about, constitute, establish, father, found, institute, organize; conserve, preserve, protect, save; rebuild, reconstruct, remodel, renovate, restore
build, construct, erect, put up, raise, rear, set up
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