When you burn a house to the ground, this is an example of raze.
The word "˜laconic' derives from Lakon (“person from Lakonia") the district around Sparta in southern Greece in ancient times, whose inhabitants were famous for their brevity of speech. When Philip of Macedon threatened them with, “If I enter Laconia, I will raze Sparta," the Spartans' reply was, “If."
Origin of raze
- Middle English rasen to scrape off from Old French raser from Vulgar Latin rāsāre frequentative of Latin rādere rash2
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French raser