from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To tear down completely; raze.
- transitive v. To do away with completely; put an end to.
- transitive v. To damage (someone's reputation, for example) severely. See Synonyms at ruin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To destroy; to destruct
- v. To utterly defeat
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To throw or pull down; to raze; to destroy the fabric of; to pull to pieces; to ruin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To throw or pull down; destroy the structural character of, as a building or a wall; reduce to ruins.
- To destroy in general; put an end to; ruin utterly; lay waste.
- Synonyms Raze, Demolish. Raze, to level with the ground; demolish, to destroy by complete separation of parts. A house is razed when it is leveled, even if it largely holds together; it is demolished if torn to pieces, even if some parts of it stand in place.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. destroy completely
- v. defeat soundly
- v. humiliate or depress completely
French démolir, démoliss-, from Latin dēmōlīrī : dē-, de- + mōlīrī, to build (from mōlēs, mass).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Attested since the 16th Century CE; from Middle French demoliss-, the stem of some conjugated forms of the verb demolir ("to destroy”, “to tear down"), from Latin demolior ("to tear down"). (Wiktionary)