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.
- 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 d&emacron;str&umacron;cti&omacron;, d&emacron;str&umacron;cti&omacron;n-, from d&emacron;str&umacron;ctus, past participle of d&emacron;struere, to destroy; see destroy.
Middle English, from Old French destrucion, from Latin dēstructio.