American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having been ruined.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hurl violently down; thrust or drive headlong.
- To bring to ruin; overthrow; undo.
- To fall; be overthrown; go to ruin.
- Brought to ruin; ruined; in ruins.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To demolish; to subvert; to destroy; to reduce to poverty; to ruin.
- v. To cause to fall; to cast down.
- v. obsolete To fall; to tumble.
- adj. Involved in ruin; ruined.
- From the participle stem of Latin ruino. (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin ruīnātus, from Latin ruīna, ruin; see ruin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“SENIOR Jamaica 55 In three or four years after the ruinate is cleared up, the pimento begins to bear.”
“Our classification for the moist forests of Jamaica are based on conglomerations of the following moist forest types/formations according to Grossman et al and Brown and Heinman: limestone forest and ruinate, virgin forest, mist forest, and elfin woodland, and wet forest fringes and related river valleys.”
“Many are carried away with those bewitching sports of gaming, hawking, hunting, and such vain pleasures, as  I have said: some with immoderate desire of fame, to be crowned in the Olympics, knighted in the field, &c., and by these means ruinate themselves.”
“And thus striving for more honour to their wealth, they undo their children, many discontents follow, and oftentimes they ruinate their families.”
“Edinburgh, with the exception of the Castle, was "utterly ruinate and destroyed with fire," during the space of four successive days; "Also, we brent th'abbey called Holy Rode-house, and the Pallice adjonynge to the same.”
“Only his baggified breeches would ruinate anyone's seat --”
“The accusation of a man on hearsay is nothing: would he accuse himself on passion and ruinate his case and posterity out of malice to accuse you?”
“The house, save for the actual fabric of it, had become rather dilapidated and ruinate.”
“Or, morebetoken, how can we tell what quare ugly misfortin thim that's took is took out of the road of, that we should be as good as biddin 'thim stay till it comes to ruinate them?”
“It was pitiful to think how, as the result of the holy sacrament of wedlock, which is instituted among men for their glory and eternal salvation, the fairest lady of Verona was bedded with so old a man, all ruinate in health and vigour.”
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