- 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: Middle 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 inch(es) motion, erect from source run, rise
- to destroy, spoil, or damage irreparably
- to impoverish or make bankrupt
- to deprive (a woman) of chastity
- ruiner noun
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- Total destruction or disintegration, either physical, moral, social, or economic.
- A cause of total destruction.
- a. The act of destroying totally.b. A destroyed person, object, or building.
- The remains of something destroyed, disintegrated, or decayed. Often used in the plural: studied the ruins of ancient Greece.
- To destroy completely; demolish.
- To harm irreparably.
- To reduce to poverty or bankruptcy.
- To deprive of chastity.
Origin: Middle English ruine, from Old French, from Latin ruīna, from ruere, to rush, collapse.
- ruˈin·a·ble adjective
- ruˈin·er noun