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wreck

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of wreck

  1. 1 the portion or bits of something left over or behind after it has been destroyed <found the wreck of the ship lying on the floor of the ocean> Synonyms ashes, debris, detritus, flotsam, residue, rubble, ruins, remains, wreckageRelated Words jetsam, leavings, remnant; chaff, deadwood, dross, dust, garbage, junk, litter, refuse, riffraff, rubbish, scrap, trash, waste

  2. 2 the destruction or loss of a ship <the wreck cost the insurance company millions of dollars> Synonyms shipwrecking, shipwreck, wreckage, wreckingRelated Words beaching, grounding, stranding; foundering, sinking; scuttlingNear Antonyms recovery, salvage, salvaging

  3. 3 the violent coming together of two bodies into destructive contact <a dangerous stretch of roadway that has been the scene of numerous car wrecks> Synonyms collision, concussion, crack-up, smash, smashup, crashRelated Words accident, pileup; demolishment, destruction, ruin




wreck

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of wreck

  1. 1 to cause irreparable damage to (a ship) by running aground or sinking <many an unwary captain has wrecked his ship on the shoals that surround the island> Synonyms strand, shipwreckRelated Words beach; founder; scuttleNear Antonyms recover, salvage

  2. 2 to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of <most of the furniture on the ground floor was wrecked by the floodwaters> Synonyms annihilate, cream, decimate, demolish, desolate, devastate, do in, extinguish, nuke, pull down, pulverize, raze, rub out, ruin, shatter, smash, tear down, total, vaporize, waste, wrack, destroyRelated 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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