An example of to ruin is breaking a water glass.
An example of a ruin is what remains of the Colosseum in Rome.
Gambling will be his ruin.
A bad diet ruined his health.
Bad loans ruined the banker.
- Complete loss of means, solvency, position, etc.
- Moral downfall.
Gambling was his 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.
The monastery has fallen into ruin.
Gambling has been the ruin of many.
The ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or hopes.
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 ruÅ (“I fall down, tumble, sink in ruin, rush").