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
To demolish is defined as to knock down, refute or destroy either literally or figuratively, or to eat food quickly.
When you beat your opponent 100 to 1, this is an example of when you demolish him.
When you take a wrecking ball and knock a building to the ground, this is an example of when you demolish the building.
When you eat 10 pancakes in 2 minutes, this is an example of when you demolish the pancakes.

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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