- Ruin is the fallen or destroyed remains of something.
An example of a ruin is what remains of the Colosseum in Rome.
- Ruin is defined as to break or destroy something.
An example of to ruin is breaking a water glass.
- Archaic a falling down, as of a building, wall, etc.
- the remains of a fallen building, city, etc., or of something devastated, decayed, etc.
- a destroyed or dilapidated building, town, etc.
- a person regarded as being physically, mentally, or morally a wreck of what he or she was
- the state of being destroyed, decayed, dilapidated, etc.
- downfall, destruction, devastation, etc.; specif.,
- complete loss of means, solvency, position, etc.
- moral downfall
- loss of chastity in a woman
- any cause of a person's downfall, destruction, etc.: gambling was his ruin
Origin of ruinMiddle English ruine ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin ruina ; from ruere, to fall, hurl to the ground ; from Indo-European an unverified form ereu- ; from base an unverified form er-, to set in motion, erect from source run, rise
- to destroy, spoil, or damage irreparably
- to impoverish or make bankrupt
- to deprive (a woman) of chastity
- often ruinsa. The state of being physically destroyed, collapsed, or decayed: The castle fell into ruin.b. The state of being extensively harmed or damaged: Our vacation plans are in ruins.c. Poverty of bankruptcy: Their decision brought the bank to ruin.
- a. often ruins A destroyed, collapsed, or decayed building or other physical entity: the ruins of the old mill.b. One that has been extensively damaged or harmed: He is a ruin of his former self.
- A cause of destruction or irreparable harm or loss: Gambling will be his ruin.
transitive verbru·ined, ru·in·ing, ru·ins
- To cause (a building, for example) to be in a destroyed, collapsed, or decayed state.
- To harm or damage irreparably: A bad diet ruined his health.
- To reduce to poverty or bankruptcy: Bad loans ruined the banker.
Origin of ruinMiddle English ruine, from Old French, from Latin ruīna, from ruere, to rush, collapse.
- (countable, sometimes in the plural) The remains of a destroyed or dilapidated construction, such as a house or castle.
- (uncountable) The state of being a ruin, destroyed or decayed.
- The monastery has fallen into ruin.
- (uncountable) Something that leads to serious trouble or destruction.
- Gambling has been the ruin of many.
- A change that destroys or defeats something; destruction; overthrow.
- the ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or hopes
(third-person singular simple present ruins, present participle ruining, simple past and past participle ruined)