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Definitions of ruin

  1. reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. deprive of virginity; "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the process of becoming dilapidated Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. failure that results in a loss of position or reputation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. destruction achieved by wrecking something Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. destroy or cause to fail; "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a ruined building; "they explored several Roman ruins" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. an event that results in destruction Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction; "you have brought ruin on this entire family" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. fall into ruin Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. reduce to ruins; "The country lay ruined after the war" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. The act of falling or tumbling down; fall. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The state of being dcayed, or of having become ruined or worthless; as, to be in ruins; to go to ruin. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. That which promotes injury, decay, or destruction. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To fall to ruins; to go to ruin; to become decayed or dilapidated; to perish. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Overthrow; destruction; downfall; that which causes destruction or decay; that which remains of something destroyed or fallen into decay; the state of decay or desolation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. To pull down, destroy, overthrow, or make poor. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. To decay; perish; be brought to poverty and misery. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. Ruination. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. A rushing or falling down violently: destruction: overthrow: that which destroys: the remains of a building demolished or decayed (usually in pl.). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. To demolish: to destroy: to defeat: to impoverish. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. Destruction; overthrow; remains of buildings, &c. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. To demolish; destroy; utterly spoil; impoverish. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  29. To bring to ruin; fall into ruin. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. Destruction or a cause of destruction; demolition; decay; desolation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. Remains of something demolished or decayed. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. The remains of anything demolished or decayed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. Destruction; overthrow; that which destroys; cause of destruction; ruined state; a ruined structure. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. To demolish; to pull down, destroy, subvert, or defeat; to impoverish; to bring to everlasting misery. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. To fall into ruins or ruin. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  36. Fall; destruction; overthrow; that change of a thing which destroys it, which entirely defeats its objects, or which unfits it for use; subversion; that which destroys; loss of happiness or fortune; mischief. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  37. The remains of any decayed or demolished place or thing, as a house or city. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  38. To demolish; to destroy; to subvert; to bring to an end in any manner; to impoverish; to bring to misery. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  39. r[=oo]'in, n. a rushing or falling down violently: destruction: overthrow: that which destroys: the remains of a building demolished or decayed (usually in pl.): the state of being ruined: wreck, material or moral.--v.t. to demolish: to destroy: to defeat: to impoverish: to bring to ruin: to undo: to spoil: to seduce, debauch.--v.i. to run to ruin: to fall into decay: to do irreparable harm.--adj. RU'INABLE (Bacon), capable of being ruined.--v.t. RU'IN[=A]TE (Shak.), to ruin, to destroy: to demolish: to reduce to poverty.--v.i. (Spens.) to fall:--pr.p. ru'in[=a]ting; pa.p. ru'in[=a]ted.--adj. (obs.) falling to ruin: ruined.--ns. RUIN[=A]'TION, overthrow: subversion; RU'INER.--adjs. RU'INIFORM, having the appearance of ruins; RU'INOUS, fallen to ruins: decayed: pernicious.--adv. RU'INOUSLY.--n. RU'INOUSNESS, the state or quality of being ruinous: mischievousness. [Fr.,--L. ruina--ru[)e]re, to tumble down.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  40. Downfall or fallen or wrecked or impaired state, lit. (of building or structure; the crash of r.; tumble, lie, lay, in r.) or fig. (the r. of my hopes; bring to r., complete loss of property or position; dates her r. from his arrival; rack& r.); (often pl.) what remains of building, town, structure, &c., or fig. of person, that has suffered r. (the rr. of Rome, remains of ancient Rome or of the Roman imperial system; is but the r. of what he was; lies in rr.; is a r.; lives in an old r.); what causes r., destroying agency, havoc, (will be the r. of us; blue r.; rapine& red r.), so ruination n. (Vb) reduce (place) to rr. (esp. in p.p.); bring to r. (her extravagance ruined him; so r. oneself; r. girl, seduce her; r. one\'s new hat, prospects); (poet.) fall headlong or with a crash. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  41. n. [Latin] That change of any thing which destroys it, or unfits it for use;— fall; overthrow; defeat;— mischief; bane;— destruction; loss; decay;— perdition; eternal misery;- the remains of a demolished or decayed city, fortress, castle, work of art, &c.—the enfeebled powers or faculties, as of the mind in infirmity or disease;— the state of being decayed or worthless. Cabinet Dictionary

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