rive, split, burst, dash, sunder, oppress, pulverise, shell, shiver, champ, bankrupt, wear down, disillusion, powder, disappoint, bite, unbuild, nuke, squash, overpower, sink, cross up, squeeze, nail, break down, squelch, undo, chomp, jam, powderise, crack, cannibalize, crush, waste, rub out, overcome, fracture, pull down, dynamite, win, beat, cream, choke down, gut, transgress, crunch, wash up, defeat, ruin, shatter, help, spoil, cashier, boom, put down, chow down, bolt, mash, explode, blow up, bang up, sever, destruct, wrack, discourage, condemn, trounce, cast a shadow over something, break, torpedo, throw/pour cold water on something, knock out, finish, get down, extinguish, rend, smash up, knock down, blow, rupture, blast, total, pop, let down, devour, thrash, do in, suppress, demoralize, dash someone's hopes, vanquish, powderize, beat out
destroy (part of speech: verb)
desolate, wreck, abolish, bulldoze, study at destroy, exterminate, lay waste, devastate, raze, dismantle, rip to shreds, decimate, extirpate, destroy, annihilate, level, flatten, obliterate, pulverize, smash, mow down, disintegrate, tear down, atomize, eradicate, vaporize
- If I decide that I can't demolish their air castle, so carefully built up, I must light out,- that's all." - "The Come Back", Carolyn Wells.
- The Batavians were told off to look after the engines and siege- works: the Germans, who clamoured for battle, were sent to demolish the rampart and renew the fight directly they were beaten off. - "Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II", Caius Cornelius Tacitus.
- " You may be king, Nathan," said Rollo, " and we will soon demolish your palace, and make a prisoner of you." - "Jonas on a Farm in Winter", Jacob Abbott.