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ruin

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of ruin

  1. 1 the state or fact of being rendered nonexistent, physically unsound, or useless <a vicious bombardment that left the building in ruins> Synonyms annihilation, decimation, demolishment, demolition, desolation, devastation, extermination, extinction, havoc, loss, mincemeat, obliteration, destruction, ruination, wastage, wreckageRelated Words depredation, despoilment, despoliation; breakup, collapse, disintegration, dissolution; assassination, execution, killing, massacre, slaughter; dismantlement, effacement, eradicationNear Antonyms rescue, salvage, salvation, saving; conservation, preservation, protection; reclamation, reconstruction, re-creation, refurbishment, regeneracy, remodeling, renovation, restorationAntonyms building, construction, erection, raising

  2. 2 ruins pl  the portion or bits of something left over or behind after it has been destroyed <the ruins of an abandoned abbey> Synonyms ashes, debris, detritus, flotsam, residue, rubble, ruins, wreck, wreckageRelated Words jetsam, leavings, remnant; chaff, deadwood, dross, dust, garbage, junk, litter, refuse, riffraff, rubbish, scrap, trash, waste

  3. 3 the inability to pay one's debts <the family faces ruin if the chief breadwinner doesn't find another job very soon> Synonyms bankruptcy, failure, insolvencyRelated Words Chapter 11Antonyms solvency

  4. 4 something that is the cause of one's ultimate failure or loss of life <the politician's eventual ruin would be a sexual indiscretion> Synonyms death, destruction, downfall, ruination, undoingRelated Words bane, curse, torment; Achilles' heel, tragic flaw




ruin

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of ruin

  1. 1 to cause to lose one's fortune and become unable to pay one's debts <after he was ruined by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the industrialist was forced to sell his mansion and start all over again> Synonyms bankrupt, break, bust Related Words beggar, impoverish, pauperize; reduce, straiten; clean (out), wipe out Near Antonyms enrich, richen

  2. 2 to bring destruction to (something) through violent action <tornadoes ruined a wide swath of the county> Synonyms destroy, devastate, ravage, scourgeRelated Words despoil, foray, harry, loot, maraud, pillage, plunder, sack, strip; annihilate, desolate, eradicate, expunge, extinguish, extirpate, nuke, obliterate, rub out, shatter, smash, total, vaporize, waste, wipe out, wrack, wreck; decimate, mow; demolish, raze; crush, overpower, overrun, overthrow, overwhelmNear Antonyms recondition, recover, redeem, rehabilitate, restore; fix, mend, patch, repair, revamp

  3. 3 to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of <a huge fire that ruined an entire city block> Synonyms annihilate, cream, decimate, demolish, desolate, devastate, do in, extinguish, nuke, pull down, pulverize, raze, rub out, destroy, shatter, smash, tear down, total, vaporize, waste, wrack, wreckRelated Words beat, best, clobber, conquer, crush, defeat, drub, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), rout, scotch, skunk, subdue, surmount, thrash, trim, triumph (over), trounce, wallop, whip, win (against); blast, blow up, break, cripple, damage, deface, deteriorate, disfigure, disintegrate, dissolve, dynamite, harm, impair, injure, mangle, mar, mutilate, spoil, vitiate; erode, scour, sweep (away), wash out, wear (away); dilapidate, disassemble, dismantle, gut, take down, unbuild, undo, unmake; blot out, efface, eradicate, expunge, exterminate, extirpate, liquidate, obliterate, remove, root (out), snuff (out), stamp (out), wipe out; despoil, havoc, loot, pillage, plunder, ravage, sack, trample, trash, vandalize; assassinate, butcher, cut down, dispatch, execute, fell, kill, kill off, massacre, mow (down), murder, slaughter, slay, take out, zapNear Antonyms doctor, fix, mend, patch, recondition, repair, revamp; create, invent; assemble, fabricate, fashion, forge, form, frame, make, manufacture, mold, produce, shape; bring about, constitute, establish, father, found, institute, organize; conserve, preserve, protect, save; rebuild, reconstruct, remodel, renovate, restoreAntonyms build, construct, erect, put up, raise, rear, set up




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