- falling or fallen into ruin; dilapidated; decayed
- bringing or tending to bring ruin; very destructive or harmful; disastrous: ruinous floods
Origin: Middle English ruinouse from Classical Latin ruinosus
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- Causing or apt to cause ruin; destructive.
- Falling to ruin; dilapidated or decayed.
- ruˈin·ous·ly adverb
- ruˈin·ous·ness noun