American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. present participle of undo.
- n. The act of unfastening or loosening.
- n. Ruin; destruction.
- n. The act of bringing to ruin.
- n. A cause or source of ruin; downfall: Greed was his undoing.
- n. The act of reversing or annulling something accomplished; a cancellation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The reversal of what has been done: as, there is no undoing of the past.
- n. Ruin; destruction.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The reversal of what has been done.
- n. Ruin.
- n. loosening the ties that fasten something
- n. an act that makes a previous act of no effect (as if not done)
“And they would expect Bart Stupak to immediately begin undoing that proposal as soon as it passed.”
“Also, if I remember correctly, Dr. Ornish is a physician who specializes in undoing some forms of cardio-vascular disease solely through diet and exercise (i.e., without surgery or other invasive procedures).”
“The undoing is almost always more difficult than the doing (page 185).”
“Jimmy Carter, who positioned himself a notch to the right of New Deal liberalism, also found appeal in undoing regulations.”
“Michael: Yes, since PR sculpting wasn't working anyway, there is no point in undoing all the nonsense changes that people have learned to live with and depend on.”
“A vote for Obama is the first step in undoing the damage caused by years of GOP abuse of power.”
“And such undoing is a function of keen editorial attention.”
“Indeed, for de Man, language actively participated in undoing its own figures of personification, disfiguring the human face by transforming it into an inanimate statue or by reducing it to the lines from an epitaph.”
“In the teaching of the principles and practices of democracy, I am afraid that the home influence has been an important factor in undoing the good that formal education might have done.”
“Our own undoing is visible in Burtynsky’s orderly grids of housing and cars, martial arrays of discarded planes, and highways that snake like asphalt rivers: the seeds of our self-destruction.”
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