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The fact or state of being or becoming extinct
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  1. The fact or state of being or becoming extinct
  2. The condition of being extinguished:
  3. The fact of being extinct or the process of becoming extinct:
A demolishing or being demolished; often specif., destruction by explosives
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  1. A demolishing or being demolished; often specif., destruction by explosives
  2. Explosives, especially when designed or used as weapons.
  3. The act or process of wrecking or destroying, especially destruction by explosives.
(Sports) A throw that goes too far.
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  1. (Sports) A throw that goes too far.
  2. An overthrowing or being overthrown
  3. A removal, especially of a ruler or government, by force or threat of force.
The remains of something that has been wrecked, especially an automobile that has crashed:
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  1. The remains of something that has been wrecked, especially an automobile that has crashed:
  2. Something that is dilapidated or worn out:
  3. The remains of anything, often, specif., a motor vehicle, that has been destroyed or badly damaged
A visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that once existed but exists or appears no more:
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  1. A visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that once existed but exists or appears no more:
  2. (Biol.) A degenerate, atrophied, or rudimentary organ or part, more fully developed or functional in an earlier stage of development of the individual or species
  3. A trace, mark, or sign of something that once existed but has passed away or disappeared
The unpublished writings of a deceased author.
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  1. The unpublished writings of a deceased author.
  2. A corpse; specif., the parts or fragments of a dead body remaining after decomposition
  3. Ancient ruins or fossils.
Debris from buildings, etc., resulting from earthquake, bombing, etc.
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  1. Debris from buildings, etc., resulting from earthquake, bombing, etc.
  2. Irregular fragments or pieces of rock used in masonry.
  3. Rough, irregular, loose fragments of rock, broken from larger bodies either by natural processes or artificially, as by blasting
A dilapidating or becoming dilapidated
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  1. A dilapidating or becoming dilapidated
  2. A dilapidated condition
An unusable or unwanted substance or material, such as a waste product.
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  1. An unusable or unwanted substance or material, such as a waste product.
  2. A wasting or being wasted
  3. The act or an instance of wasting or the condition of being wasted:
The remains of something that has been wrecked, especially an automobile that has crashed:
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  1. The remains of something that has been wrecked, especially an automobile that has crashed:
  2. The remains of anything, often, specif., a motor vehicle, that has been destroyed or badly damaged
  3. Something that is dilapidated or worn out:
To cause damage to; impair:
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  1. To cause damage to; impair:
  2. To cause physical harm to; hurt:
  3. To cause physical harm to; hurt:
To bring about the downfall of (a government, etc.), especially by force.
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  1. To bring about the downfall of (a government, etc.), especially by force.
  2. To bring down from a position of authority or power; topple
  3. To bring about the downfall, destruction, or ending of, especially by force or concerted action:
To do away with completely; put an end to:
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  1. To do away with completely; put an end to:
  2. To damage (someone's reputation, for example) severely.
  3. To destroy; ruin; bring to naught
To deprive of richness or strength:
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  1. To deprive of richness or strength:
  2. To make poor; reduce to poverty
  3. To deprive of strength, resources, etc.
To ruin:
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  1. To ruin:
  2. To force into bankruptcy.
  3. To cause to become financially bankrupt.
To make a beggar of; make poor
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  1. To make a beggar of; make poor
  2. To exceed the limits, resources, or capabilities of:
  3. To render (one's ability to do something) ultimately inadequate or pointless
To break up into constituent elements by analysis
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  1. To break up into constituent elements by analysis
  2. To bring into a certain order; systematize
  3. To bring to a specified undesirable state, as of weakness or helplessness:
To make someone a pauper; to impoverish
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To defraud of money or property; swindle.
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  1. To defraud of money or property; swindle.
  2. To cover or fleck with fleecy masses
  3. To cover with a fleece or similar covering.
To become empty by the drawing off of liquid:
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  1. To become empty by the drawing off of liquid:
  2. To cause liquid to go out from; empty:
  3. To cause (a resource or supply of something) to be used up gradually and often completely.
To let out the contents of (a container); cause or allow to escape:
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  1. To let out the contents of (a container); cause or allow to escape:
  2. To discuss or treat completely; cover thoroughly:
  3. To use up completely:
To suffer destruction or ruin; become wrecked:
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  1. To suffer destruction or ruin; become wrecked:
  2. To work as a wrecker
  3. To cause to undergo ruin or disaster:
To cause to give up a habit:
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  1. To cause to give up a habit:
  2. To reduce in rank; demote.
  3. To reduce to poverty or bankruptcy
To cause to become bankrupt or short of money:
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  1. To cause to become bankrupt or short of money:
  2. (Slang) To reduce in rank; demote.
  3. To burst or break
(Idiomatic) To empty completely; to remove all money or possessions from.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To empty completely; to remove all money or possessions from.
  2. To clean, especially to tidy by removing the contents.
To use force or threat of force to compel (another person) to submit to sexual intercourse or other sexual penetration.
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  1. To use force or threat of force to compel (another person) to submit to sexual intercourse or other sexual penetration.
  2. To treat improperly; abuse or spoil.
  3. In common law, the felony of a man having illegal sexual intercourse with a woman other than his wife, by force or with threat of violence and against her will; unlawful sexual act with an unwilling other, and usually involving threat of violence. In common law, the felony of a man having illegal sexual intercourse with a woman other than his wife, by force or with threat of violence and against her will; unlawful sexual act with an unwilling other, and usually involving threat of violence. to commit the act of forcible sexual intercourse.
To deprive of something of value by or as by force; rob; plunder
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  1. To deprive of something of value by or as by force; rob; plunder
  2. To deprive of something valuable, especially by force; rob:
  3. To ruin, especially by destroying or removing what is valuable:
To transport with joy or delight; enrapture
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  1. To transport with joy or delight; enrapture
  2. To take by force or seize is the literal meaning of the word. It is generally synonymous with rape. Traditionally, an indictment for rape demanded inclusion of the word ravished, which implied use of force and or violence by the man and resistance by the female. To take by force or seize is the literal meaning of the word. It is generally synonymous with rape. Traditionally, an indictment for rape demanded inclusion of the word ravished, which implied use of force and or violence by the man and resistance by the female.
  3. To rape (a woman)
A source of persistent annoyance or exasperation:
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  1. A source of persistent annoyance or exasperation:
  2. The cause of distress, death, or ruin
  3. (Archaic) Fatal injury or ruin:
The fact or state of being destroyed
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  1. The fact or state of being destroyed
  2. The cause or means of destroying:
  3. The condition of having been destroyed:
Waste of the goods of the deceased by an executor or administrator.
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  1. Waste of the goods of the deceased by an executor or administrator.
  2. The act of devastating, or the state of being devastated; a laying waste.
  3. A devastating or being devastated; destruction; desolation
Great destruction and devastation, as that resulting from hurricanes, wars, etc.
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  1. Great destruction and devastation, as that resulting from hurricanes, wars, etc.
  2. Disorder or chaos:
  3. Widespread destruction; devastation.
A ruining or being ruined
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  1. A ruining or being ruined
  2. The act of ruining or the condition of being ruined.
  3. The cause of being ruined, destroyed or lost.
The act of bringing to ruin, disgrace, or destruction
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  1. The act of bringing to ruin, disgrace, or destruction
  2. The cause or source of ruin, disgrace, or destruction
  3. Ruin; destruction.
Destruction or ruin. Used chiefly in the phrase wrack and ruin.
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  1. Destruction or ruin. Used chiefly in the phrase wrack and ruin.
  2. (--- Chiefly British) Violent destruction of a building or vehicle.
  3. Destruction; ruin
An automobile or railroad collision or accident:
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  1. An automobile or railroad collision or accident:
  2. The disabling or destruction of a ship by a storm or other disaster; shipwreck
  3. A wrecking or being wrecked; destruction; ruin
A wrecking or being wrecked
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  1. A wrecking or being wrecked
  2. The debris or remains of something wrecked:
A source of persistent annoyance or exasperation:
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  1. A source of persistent annoyance or exasperation:
  2. The cause of distress, death, or ruin
  3. (Archaic) Fatal injury or ruin:
A person or thing that destroys
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  1. A person or thing that destroys
  2. A small, fast, highly maneuverable warship armed with 3-inch or 5-inch guns, depth charges, torpedoes, etc.
  3. One that destroys:
The cause or means of destroying:
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  1. The cause or means of destroying:
  2. The fact or state of being destroyed
  3. The condition of having been destroyed:
The cause of such a fall
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  1. The cause of such a fall
  2. A sudden, heavy fall, as of snow
  3. A sudden fall, as from prosperity or power
The act of ruining or the condition of being ruined.
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  1. The act of ruining or the condition of being ruined.
  2. A ruining or being ruined
  3. The cause of being ruined, destroyed or lost.
The cause or source of ruin, disgrace, or destruction
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  1. The cause or source of ruin, disgrace, or destruction
  2. The act of bringing to ruin, disgrace, or destruction
  3. Ruin; destruction.
One who is in the business of demolishing old buildings.
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  1. One who is in the business of demolishing old buildings.
  2. A person or business that demolishes or dismantles old buildings, motor vehicles, etc., salvaging usable materials and parts
  3. A person who causes ruin, obstruction, or disruption of any kind; specif., a person using false lights, etc. to lead ships to destruction in order to plunder the wreckage
(Biology) The fragmented remains of dead or damaged cells or tissue.
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  1. (Biology) The fragmented remains of dead or damaged cells or tissue.
  2. The scattered remains of something broken or destroyed; rubble or wreckage.
  3. Rough, broken bits and pieces of stone, wood, glass, etc., as after destruction; rubble
A loose mass of angular fragments of rock or masonry crumbled by natural or human forces.
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  1. A loose mass of angular fragments of rock or masonry crumbled by natural or human forces.
  2. Irregular fragments or pieces of rock used in masonry.
  3. Rough, irregular, loose fragments of rock, broken from larger bodies either by natural processes or artificially, as by blasting
Destruction or ruin. Used chiefly in the phrase wrack and ruin.
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  1. Destruction or ruin. Used chiefly in the phrase wrack and ruin.
  2. (--- Chiefly British) Violent destruction of a building or vehicle.
  3. Wreckage
The remains of something that has been wrecked, especially an automobile that has crashed:
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  1. The remains of something that has been wrecked, especially an automobile that has crashed:
  2. The remains of anything, often, specif., a motor vehicle, that has been destroyed or badly damaged
  3. Something that is dilapidated or worn out:
A wrecking or being wrecked
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  1. A wrecking or being wrecked
  2. The debris or remains of something wrecked:
To force into bankruptcy.
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  1. To force into bankruptcy.
  2. To ruin:
  3. To cause to become financially bankrupt.
(Ergative, figuratively) to divide into parts to give more details, to provide a more indepth analysis of
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  1. (Ergative, figuratively) to divide into parts to give more details, to provide a more indepth analysis of
  2. (Intransitive) to fail, to cease to function
  3. (Ergative, figuratively) to render or to become unstable due to stress, to collapse physically or mentally
To tear down or break apart the structure of; raze.
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  1. To tear down or break apart the structure of; raze.
  2. To damage (someone's reputation, for example) severely.
  3. To do away with completely; put an end to:
To break apart the structure of, render physically unusable, or cause to cease to exist as a distinguishable physical entity:
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  1. To break apart the structure of, render physically unusable, or cause to cease to exist as a distinguishable physical entity:
  2. To break up or spoil completely; ruin
  3. To bring to total defeat; crush
To destroy; kill:
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  1. To destroy; kill:
  2. To bring to a required or desired state:
  3. To give (wood, for example) a desired or particular surface texture.
To break or burst into pieces; smash
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  1. To break or burst into pieces; smash
  2. To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow.
  3. To break into pieces; smash or burst:
To go below the surface of water or another liquid:
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  1. To go below the surface of water or another liquid:
  2. To become lower in value or amount; lessen, as prices, funds, etc.
  3. To fall or drop to a lower level, especially to go down slowly or in stages:
To cause to come into forceful contact with something:
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  1. To cause to come into forceful contact with something:
  2. To break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow or collision:
  3. To surpass or outdo by a large margin:
To become unfit for use or consumption, as from decay. Used especially of perishables, such as food.
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  1. To become unfit for use or consumption, as from decay. Used especially of perishables, such as food.
  2. (Archaic) To strip (a person) of goods, money, etc. by force
  3. To impair or destroy the value or quality of; ruin:
To destroy decisively; wreck:
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  1. To destroy decisively; wreck:
  2. To attack, damage, or destroy with or as with a torpedo
  3. To attack, strike, or sink with a torpedo.
To open (a parcel, door, etc.) by this means
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  1. To open (a parcel, door, etc.) by this means
  2. To come open or unfastened.
  3. To open (a parcel, for example); unwrap.
(Archaic) To wreck or be wrecked
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  1. (Archaic) To wreck or be wrecked
  2. To cause the ruin of; wreck.
  3. To subject to extreme mental or physical suffering; torture
To cause the destruction of in a collision:
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  1. To cause the destruction of in a collision:
  2. To cause to undergo ruin or disaster:
  3. To suffer destruction or ruin; become wrecked:
To find the total of; add
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  1. To find the total of; add
  2. To equal a total of; amount to:
  3. To equal a total of; add up to
To exchange for smaller monetary units:
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  1. To exchange for smaller monetary units:
  2. To cause to give up a habit:
  3. To fail to conform to; violate:
To get a grade of failure in (a subject)
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  1. To get a grade of failure in (a subject)
  2. To give way or be made otherwise useless as a result of excessive strain:
  3. To break; not to succeed in reaching a standard or goal; to perform ineptly or faultily; to become bankrupt. To break; not to succeed in reaching a standard or goal; to perform ineptly or faultily; to become bankrupt.
(Informal) To smash or break, especially forcefully:
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  1. (Informal) To smash or break, especially forcefully:
  2. To cause to come to an end; break up:
  3. To burst or break
To exchange for smaller monetary units:
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  1. To exchange for smaller monetary units:
  2. To cause to give up a habit:
  3. To fail to conform to; violate:
To press between opposing bodies so as to break, compress, or injure:
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  1. To press between opposing bodies so as to break, compress, or injure:
  2. To be or become crushed:
  3. To proceed or move by crowding or pressing:
To kill
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  1. To kill
  2. To put to death; kill:
  3. To break up or spoil completely; ruin
To turn over; upset:
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  1. To turn over; upset:
  2. To defeat completely and decisively:
  3. To present with an excessive amount:
To force into bankruptcy.
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  1. To force into bankruptcy.
  2. To ruin:
  3. To cause to become financially bankrupt.
To cause to give up a habit:
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  1. To cause to give up a habit:
  2. To exchange for smaller monetary units:
  3. To fail to conform to; violate:
(Informal) To smash or break, especially forcefully:
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  1. (Informal) To smash or break, especially forcefully:
  2. To cause to come to an end; break up:
  3. To burst or break
To deprive of richness or strength:
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  1. To deprive of richness or strength:
  2. To make poor; reduce to poverty
  3. To deprive of strength, resources, etc.
To make someone a pauper; to impoverish
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(Idiomatic) To empty completely; to remove all money or possessions from.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To empty completely; to remove all money or possessions from.
  2. To clean, especially to tidy by removing the contents.

Synonym Study

  • Dilapidation implies a state of ruin or shabbiness resulting from neglect the dilapidation of a deserted house
  • Havoc suggests total destruction or devastation, as following an earthquake or hurricane the storm wreaked havoc along the coast
  • Destruction implies annihilation or demolition, as by fire, explosion, flood, etc. the destruction of the village in an air raid
  • Ruin implies a state of decay, disintegration, etc. especially through such natural processes as age and weather the barn is in a state of ruin
Find another word for ruin. In this page you can discover 105 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for ruin, like: extinction, demolition, overthrow, wreck, vestige, remains, rubble, dilapidation, waste, wreck and injure.