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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ruin \Ru"in\, noun [OE. ruine, F. ruine, fr. L. ruina, fr. ruere, rutum, to fall with violence, to rush or tumble down.]

1. The act of falling or tumbling down; fall. [Obs.] "His ruin startled the other steeds." --Chapman.

2. 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. "Ruin seize thee, ruthless king!" --Gray.

3. 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.

The Veian and the Gabian towers shall fall, And one promiscuous ruin cover all; Nor, after length of years, a stone betray The place where once the very ruins lay. --Addison.

The labor of a day will not build up a virtuous habit on the ruins of an old and vicious character. --Buckminster.

4. The state of being dcayed, or of having become ruined or worthless; as, to be in ruins; to go to ruin.

5. That which promotes injury, decay, or destruction.

The errors of young men are the ruin of business. --Bacon.

Syn: Destruction; downfall; perdition; fall; overthrow; subversion; defeat; bane; pest; mischief.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ruin \Ru"in\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Ruined};p. pr. & vb. n. {Ruining}.] [Cf. F. ruiner, LL. ruinare. See {Ruin}, noun] 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.

this mortal house I'll ruin. --Shak.

By thee raised, I ruin all my foes. --Milton.

The eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us. --Franklin.

By the fireside there are old men seated, Seeling ruined cities in the ashes. --Longfellow.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ruin \Ru"in\, verb (used without an object) To fall to ruins; to go to ruin; to become decayed or dilapidated; to perish. [R.]

Though he his house of polished marble build, Yet shall it ruin like the moth's frail cell. --Sandys.

If we are idle, and disturb the industrious in their business, we shall ruin the faster. --Locke.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction; "you have brought ruin on this entire family" [syn: {ruin}, {ruination}]

2: a ruined building; "they explored several Roman ruins"

3: the process of becoming dilapidated [syn: {dilapidation}, {ruin}]

4: an event that results in destruction [syn: {ruin}, {ruination}]

5: failure that results in a loss of position or reputation [syn: {downfall}, {ruin}, {ruination}]

6: destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined [syn: {laying waste}, {ruin}, {ruining}, {ruination}, {wrecking}]


1: destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up" [syn: {destroy}, {ruin}]

2: destroy or cause to fail; "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"

3: reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him" [syn: {bankrupt}, {ruin}, {break}, {smash}]

4: reduce to ruins; "The country lay ruined after the war"

5: deprive of virginity; "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village" [syn: {deflower}, {ruin}]

6: fall into ruin

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