[roo-in] /ˈru ɪn/
ruins, the remains of a building, city, etc., that has been destroyed or that is in disrepair or a state of decay:
We visited the ruins of ancient Greece.
a destroyed or decayed building, town, etc.
a fallen, wrecked, or decayed condition:
The building fell to ruin.
the downfall, decay, or destruction of anything.
the complete loss of health, means, position, hope, or the like.
something that causes a downfall or destruction; blight:
Alcohol was his ruin.
the downfall of a person; undoing:
the ruin of Oedipus.
a person as the wreck of his or her former self; ravaged individual.
the act of causing destruction or a downfall.
verb (used with object)
to reduce to ruin; devastate.
to bring (a person, company, etc.) to financial ruin; bankrupt.
to injure (a thing) irretrievably.
to induce (a woman) to surrender her virginity; deflower.
verb (used without object)
to fall into ruins; fall to pieces.
to come to ruin.
badly damaged, decayed, or ruined
destroyed or decayed building or town
the state or condition of being destroyed or decayed
loss of wealth, position, etc, or something that causes such loss; downfall
something that is severely damaged: his life was a ruin
a person who has suffered a downfall, bankruptcy, etc
loss of value or usefulness
(archaic) loss of her virginity by a woman outside marriage
(transitive) to bring to ruin; destroy
(transitive) to injure or spoil: the town has been ruined with tower blocks
(intransitive) (archaic or poetic) to fall into ruins; collapse
late 14c., “act of giving way and falling down,” from Old French ruine “a collapse” (14c.), and directly from Latin ruina “a collapse, a rushing down, a tumbling down” (cf. Spanish ruina, Italian rovina), related to ruere “to rush, fall violently, collapse,” from PIE *reue- “to smash, knock down, tear out, dig up” (see rough (adj.)). Meaning “complete destruction of anything” is from 1670s. Ruins “remains of a decayed building or town” is from mid-15c.; the same sense was in the Latin plural noun.
1580s (transitive), from ruin (n.). Intransitive sense “fall into ruin” is from c.1600. Financial sense is attested from 1660. Related: Ruined; ruining.
see: rack and ruin
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