Ruin meaning

ro͝oĭn
Ruin is defined as to break or destroy something.

An example of to ruin is breaking a water glass.

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Ruin is the fallen or destroyed remains of something.

An example of a ruin is what remains of the Colosseum in Rome.

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A cause of destruction or irreparable harm or loss.

Gambling will be his ruin.

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To cause (a building, for example) to be in a destroyed, collapsed, or decayed state.
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To harm or damage irreparably.

A bad diet ruined his health.

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To reduce to poverty or bankruptcy.

Bad loans ruined the banker.

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A falling down, as of a building, wall, etc.
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The remains of a fallen building, city, etc., or of something devastated, decayed, etc.
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The state of being destroyed, decayed, dilapidated, etc.
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Downfall, destruction, devastation, etc.
  • Complete loss of means, solvency, position, etc.
  • Moral downfall.
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Any cause of a person's downfall, destruction, etc.

Gambling was his ruin.

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To bring or reduce to ruin.
  • To destroy, spoil, or damage irreparably.
  • To impoverish or make bankrupt.
  • To deflower or seduce (a woman) and, often, specif., thereby render her unmarriageable, disgraced, etc.
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To go or come to ruin.
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(countable, sometimes in the plural) The remains of a destroyed or dilapidated construction, such as a house or castle.
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(uncountable) The state of being a ruin, destroyed or decayed.

The monastery has fallen into ruin.

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(uncountable) Something that leads to serious trouble or destruction.

Gambling has been the ruin of many.

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A change that destroys or defeats something; destruction; overthrow.

The ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or hopes.

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To cause the ruin of.
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To destroy or make something no longer usable.

He ruined his new white slacks by accidentally spilling oil on them.

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To upset or mess up the plans or progress of, or to put into disarray; to spoil.

My car breaking down just as I was on the road ruined my vacation.

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Origin of ruin

  • Middle English ruine from Old French from Latin ruīna from ruere to rush, collapse

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

  • From Middle English ruine, from Old French ruine, from Latin ruÄ«na (“overthrow, ruin"), from ruō (“I fall down, tumble, sink in ruin, rush").

    From Wiktionary