An excavator engaged in the destruction of a building.
- An example of destruction is the effect of a bomb on a target.
- An example of destruction is many deaths resulting from a highly-infectious illness.
Destruction is defined as the tearing down or dismantling or killing of something.
- the act or process of destroying; demolition or slaughter
- the fact or state of being destroyed
- the cause or means of destroying
Origin of destructionMiddle English destruccioun from Old French destruction from Classical Latin destructio from destructus, past participle of destruere: see destroy
- a. The act or process of destroying: The destruction of the house was completed in two days.b. The condition of having been destroyed: Destruction from the tornado was extensive.
- The cause or means of destroying: weapons that could prove to be the destruction of humankind.
Origin of destructionMiddle English from Old French from Latin dēstrūctiō dēstrūctiōn- from dēstrūctus past participle of dēstruere to destroy ; see destroy .
Middle English, from Old French destrucion, from Latin dēstructio.