Demolish Definition

demolished, demolishes, demolishing
demolished, demolishes, demolishing
To pull down, tear down, or smash to pieces (a building, etc.)
Webster's New World
To do away with completely; put an end to.
The opposing team's home run demolished any hopes we had of winning the game.
American Heritage
To destroy; ruin; bring to naught.
Webster's New World
To damage (someone's reputation, for example) severely.
American Heritage

(figuratively) To utterly defeat.


Origin of Demolish

  • Attested since the 16th Century CE; from Middle French demoliss-, the stem of some conjugated forms of the verb demolir (“to destroy”, “to tear down”), from Latin dēmōlior (“I tear down”).

    From Wiktionary

  • French démolir démoliss- from Latin dēmōlīrī dē- de- mōlīrī to build (from mōlēs mass)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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