- 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.
The Colosseum is an example of a ruin.
- 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)
From Middle English ruine, from Old French ruine, from Latin ruÄ«na (“overthrow, ruin"), from ruÅ (“I fall down, tumble, sink in ruin, rush").