American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To ruin completely; spoil: The ancient manuscripts were destroyed by fire.
- v. To tear down or break up; demolish. See Synonyms at ruin.
- v. To do away with; put an end to: "In crowded populations, poverty destroys the possibility of cleanliness” ( George Bernard Shaw).
- v. To kill: destroy a rabid dog.
- v. To subdue or defeat completely; crush: The rebel forces were destroyed in battle.
- v. To render useless or ineffective: destroyed the testimony of the prosecution's chief witness.
- v. To be destructive; cause destruction: "Too much money destroys as surely as too little” ( John Simon).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pull down; unbuild (that which has been built or constructed); demolish: as, to destroy a building or a fortification; to destroy a city.
- To overthrow; lay waste; ruin; make desolate.
- To kill; slay; extirpate: applied to men or animals.
- To bring to naught; put an end to; annihilate; obliterate entirely; cause to cease, or to cease to be: as, to destroy one's happiness or peace of mind by worry.
- To counteract or render of no avail; take away, detract from, or vitiate the power, force, value, use, or beauty of; ruin; spoil: as, to destroy a person's influence.
- To refute; disprove.
- v. transitive To. damage beyond use or repair.
- v. intransitive To cause destruction.
- v. transitive To neutralize, undo a property or condition.
- v. transitive To put down or euthanize.
- v. colloquial, transitive To defeat soundly.
- v. computing, transitive To remove data.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To unbuild; to pull or tear down; to separate virulently into its constituent parts; to break up the structure and organic existence of; to demolish.
- v. To ruin; to bring to naught; to put an end to; to annihilate; to consume.
- v. To put an end to the existence, prosperity, or beauty of; to kill.
- v. destroy completely; damage irreparably
- v. put (an animal) to death
- v. do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
- v. defeat soundly
- Middle English destroyen, from Old French destruire, Vulgar Latin *destrugō, from Classical Latin dēstruō, from dē- ("un-, de-") + struō ("I build"). Displaced native Old English shend ("desroy, injure"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English destroien, from Old French destruire, from Vulgar Latin *dēstrūgere, back-formation from Latin dēstrūctus, past participle of dēstruere, to destroy : dē-, de- + struere, to pile up; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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““For Argos, we could have gone to places with real walls and so on, but the problem was I wanted massive destruction, and the best way to destroy is to build,” says Leterrier.”
“It would also eliminate the word "destroy" when used to refer to the humane euthanasia of a sick, injured or suffering animal.”
“What took years to destroy is not going to be fixed in 200 days.”
“We need only sit back and watch Griffin destroy himself - his fragile mental state was ably demonstrated by his 'hanging' pronouncement yesterday, trumpeted with a fanfare and withdrawn within hours.”
“A powerless Hei engages in a fight with Shizume who reveals that the “Izanami” Hei was asked to destroy is actually Yin, which both surprises and baffles Hei.”
“Improving that which you intend to destroy is counterproductive and wastes resources.”
“Also, the depression only ended when Congress slashed spending by 2/3 between 1945 and 1947 and FDR was dead, unable to again destroy prosperity.”
“Can there be any better entertainment than to see Sarah Palin destroy her credibility, day after day, after day.”
“Stay out of the mud Obama and let McCain destroy himself. tom, boston”
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