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ruin

ru·in

ruin

 
 
pronunciation:
ru ihn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: complete destruction or decay.
The earth's rain forests are facing ruin.It's not clear what caused the ruin of this ancient civilization.
synonyms:
decay, destruction, devastation, ruination
similar words:
end, fate, havoc, rack, rape, rot, wreck
definition 2: (usu. pl.) the product or condition of such destruction or decay.
The ruins of some of the buildings still remain.The dress was torn to ruins.They found their home in ruins after the hurricane.
 
synonyms:
debris, remains, wreckage
similar words:
destruction, devastation, nemesis, rot, waste
definition 3: a complete downfall, as in health, or financial or social standing.
These bad investments led to the company's ruin.
synonyms:
decay, downfall
antonyms:
success
similar words:
death, finish, wreck
definition 4: the cause of destruction or downfall.
The scandal was the ruin of his political ambitions.
synonyms:
destruction, downfall, undoing
similar words:
evil
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ruined, ruining, ruins
definition 1: to cause the destruction of; wreck or devastate.
The disease ruined the crops.The flood ruined their homes.The bad publicity ruined his career.
synonyms:
demolish, destroy, devastate, wreck
antonyms:
rebuild, repair, restore
similar words:
blast, blight, break, bust, damn, dash, desolate, harry, ravage, shatter, smash, spoil, total, waste
definition 2: to cause the downfall or disgrace of.
His alcoholism ruined him.
synonyms:
debase, destroy, undo
antonyms:
redeem
similar words:
assassinate, blast, break, corrupt, defeat, demolish, wreck
definition 3: to make unusable or unable to be enjoyed; spoil.
The ink stain ruined the dress.The rowdy guests ruined the party.
synonyms:
spoil, wreck
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be wrecked; fall into ruins.
synonyms:
decay, degenerate, deteriorate
similar words:
fall, rot, wreck
definition 2: to suffer a downfall; come to ruin.
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  • ruined:
    wrecked; destroyed.