Definition of "ruin" []

  • Total destruction or disintegration, either physical, moral, social, or economic. (noun)
  • A cause of total destruction. (noun)
  • The act of destroying totally. (noun)
  • A destroyed person, object, or building. (noun)
  • The remains of something destroyed, disintegrated, or decayed. Often used in the plural: studied the ruins of ancient Greece. (noun)
  • A destroyed or decayed building or town (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The state or condition of being destroyed or decayed (noun)
  • Loss of wealth, position, etc, or something that causes such loss; downfall (noun)
  • Something that is severely damaged (noun)
  • A person who has suffered a downfall, bankruptcy, etc (noun)
  • Loss of value or usefulness (noun)
  • Loss of her virginity by a woman outside marriage (noun)
  • To bring to ruin; destroy (verb)
  • To injure or spoil (verb)
  • To fall into ruins; collapse (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "ruin" in a sentence
  • "A poor little sea-wall, never much at its best, sprawled in ruin from the coconut roots to the placid sea."
  • "She had looked so exceptionally well-dressed the previous evening he had supposed that what she called ruin was comparative affluence, for Bruce had not yet learned that clothes are unsafe standards by which to judge the resources of city folks, just as on the plains and in the mountains faded overalls and a ragged shirt are equally untrustworthy guides to a man's financial rating."
  • "This hint was enough: the old man capitulated without another opposing argument, and consented to what he termed the ruin of his youngest son."