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.
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
see: rack and ruin
adjective 1. bringing or tending to bring ruin; destructive; disastrous: a ruinous war. 2. fallen into ruin; dilapidated: a ruinous house. 3. consisting of ruins: a ruinous city from antiquity. adjective 1. causing, tending to cause, or characterized by ruin or destruction: a ruinous course of action
noun 1. 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. 2. a destroyed or decayed building, town, etc. 3. a fallen, wrecked, or decayed condition: The building fell to ruin. 4. the downfall, decay, […]
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