Definition of ruin :
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. That which promotes injury, decay, or destruction.
4. The act of falling or tumbling down; fall.
5. The state of being dcayed, or of having become ruined or worthless; as, to be in ruins; to go to ruin.
6. 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.
7. To fall to ruins; to go to ruin; to become decayed or dilapidated; to perish.
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damage (part of speech: verb)
ruin (part of speech: noun)
loss (part of speech: noun)
dispossession, erosion, debit, loss, penalty, exhaustion, deprivation, divestiture, setback, decrease, dissipation, expropriation, privation, depletion, forfeiture, shrinkage, decrement, attrition, dissolution
- She has been the ruin of me so far. - "Man and Wife", Wilkie Collins.
- But perhaps his chief concern was the ruin which he believed he had brought upon Howells. - "Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens", Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009.
- I tell ye that late denner was the ruin o' that man. - "Penny Plain", Anna Buchan (writing as O. Douglas).