American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of destroying.
- n. The condition of having been destroyed.
- n. The cause or means of destroying: weapons that could prove to be the destruction of humankind.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of destroying; demolition; a pulling down, as of a building; subversion or overthrow, as of a government or a principle; ruin, as of a town, a crop, reputation, virtue, etc.; annihilation or deprivation of existence, as of a man or a forest.
- n. The state of being destroyed; ruin.
- n. Cause of destruction; a consuming plague or ruinous infliction; a destroyer.
- n. Synonyms and Overthrow, desolation, extirpation, eradication, extermination, extinction, devastation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of destroying; a tearing down; a bringing to naught; subversion; demolition; ruin; slaying; devastation.
- n. The state of being destroyed, demolished, ruined, slain, or devastated.
- n. A destroying agency; a cause of ruin or of devastation; a destroyer.
- n. an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
- n. the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
- n. a final state
- Middle English, from Old French destrucion, from Latin destructio. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēstrūctiō, dēstrūctiōn-, from dēstrūctus, past participle of dēstruere, to destroy; see destroy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Pache, whose home was razed 10 times, jokes that the destruction is the only government service he can count on.”
“This destruction is the reason silver is becoming scarce.”
“Little hope seems to be offered that this destruction is anything other than complete, an effect implied in part by a shift in the tone of the free indirect discourse which has established the narrative viewpoint of Nineteen Eighty-Four.”
“They say embryonic stem cell research has not proven anything yet, and taxpayers should not be forced to fund what they call the destruction of human embryos.”
““Is that what you call the destruction of the entire Earth?””
“If nuclear energy to date has found its application in destruction, that is something for which the scientist can not ask to be wholly excused from an adverse judgment; but he has a right to say that he has made available to us, to the citizens, to the politicians, a knowledge of the powers of nature which can be applied maleficently, beneficently, through temporarily destructive methods, or beneficently through wholly, constructive methods, at choice.”
“Marquesans are perishing, and, to judge from conditions at Taiohae, the one thing that retards their destruction is the infusion of fresh blood.”
“Note, Those that threaten ruin to the church of God hasten ruin to themselves; and their destruction is the church's salvation: Thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian.”
“He speaks of it as a thing done -- They are cast down; for their destruction is as certain as if it were already accomplished.”
“Those only are slain whom God delivers to the slaughter, for the keys of death are in his hand; and, in delivering them to the slaughter, he has utterly destroyed them; their destruction is as sure, when God has doomed them to it, as if they were destroyed already, utterly destroyed.”
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