: the act or process of killing, ruining, or putting an end to something <Destruction of the old building is underway.>
: the state or fact of being killed, ruined, or brought to an end <Destruction of the animal's habitat nearly caused its extinction.>
Word Root of DESTRUCTION
The Latin word struere, meaning “to build,” and its form structus give us the root struct. Words from the Latin struere have something to do with building. A structure is something that was built, such as a house. To construct is to build by combining parts together. To obstruct is to build an obstacle that blocks a passage or path. Destruction is the process of taking apart something that was built.