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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.) a state of destruction or decay.
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: (often plural) the remains of a structure after it has been severely damaged or left to decay.
We walked about the ruins of an ancient temple.
 
definition 4: 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 5: 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: ruins, ruining, ruined
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, deteriorate, harry, ravage, scupper, 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
similar words:
fall, rot, wreck
definition 2: to suffer a downfall; come to ruin.
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  • ruined:
    wrecked; destroyed.