A house being demolished.
- When you beat your opponent 100 to 1, this is an example of when you demolish him.
- When you take a wrecking ball and knock a building to the ground, this is an example of when you demolish the building.
- When you eat 10 pancakes in 2 minutes, this is an example of when you demolish the pancakes.
- to pull down, tear down, or smash to pieces (a building, etc.)
- to destroy; ruin; bring to naught
Origin of demolish; from extended stem of French démolir ; from Classical Latin demoliri, to pull down, destroy ; from de-, down + moliri, to build, construct ; from moles, a mass: see mole
transitive verbde·mol·ished, de·mol·ish·ing, de·mol·ish·es
- To tear down or break apart the structure of; raze. See Synonyms at destroy.
- To do away with completely; put an end to: The opposing team's home run demolished any hopes we had of winning the game.
- To damage (someone's reputation, for example) severely.
Origin of demolishFrench démolir, démoliss-, from Latin dēmōlīrī : dē-, de- + mōlīrī, to build (from mōlēs, mass).
(third-person singular simple present demolishes, present participle demolishing, simple past and past participle demolished)
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 dēmōlior (“I tear down”).