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destructive

de·struc·tive

destructive

 
 
pronunciation:
dih struhk tihv
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: causing chaos or destruction.
Tornados can be terribly destructive.
 
synonyms:
baneful, calamitous, catastrophic, devastating, disastrous, noxious, pernicious, poisonous, ruinous
antonyms:
harmless, innocuous
similar words:
damaging, deadly, deleterious, detrimental, harmful, injurious, lethal, malevolent, vicious
definition 2: tending to destroy or discredit.
This sarcastic criticism is destructive rather than helpful to the students.
synonyms:
damaging, dangerous, harmful, hurtful, injurious, malevolent
antonyms:
constructive, encouraging, helpful
similar words:
baleful, disruptive, vicious
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derivations: destructively (adv.), destructiveness (n.)
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