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Ruin meaning

ruin - 10 dictionary results

  1. 1. reduce to ruins; " The country lay ruined after the war"
  2. 2. The act of falling or tumbling down; fall.
  3. 3. Such a change of anything as destroys it, or entirely defeats its object, or unfits it for use; destruction; overthrow; as, the ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or hopes.
  4. 4. That which is fallen down and become worthless from injury or decay; as, his mind is a ruin; especially, in the plural, the remains of a destroyed, dilapidated, or desolate house, fortress, city, or the like.
  5. 5. The state of being dcayed, or of having become ruined or worthless; as, to be in ruins; to go to ruin.
  6. 6. That which promotes injury, decay, or destruction.
  7. 7. To bring to ruin; to cause to fall to pieces and decay; to make to perish; to bring to destruction; to bring to poverty or bankruptcy; to impair seriously; to damage essentially; to overthrow.
  8. 8. To fall to ruins; to go to ruin; to become decayed or dilapidated; to perish.
  9. 9. Destruction; overthrow; remains of buildings, & c.
  10. 10. To demolish; destroy; utterly spoil; impoverish.

ruin - examples of usage

  1. " Do you cal'late," said he,- that I could work for your father, and wish ruin to his country?" - "The Crisis, Volume 6", Winston Churchill.
  2. There was not a ruin, not a standing stick to show them where little French Village had once stood along the lake. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  3. What they really hoped for was to find the fort and garrison in bad condition and unprovided, so that they might ruin me. - "Ahead of the Army", W. O. Stoddard.
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