de·​mo·​li·​tion ˌde-mə-ˈli-shən How to pronounce demolition (audio)
: the act of demolishing
especially : destruction in war by means of explosives
demolitions plural : explosives for destruction in war
demolitionist noun

Examples of demolition in a Sentence

The old factory is scheduled for demolition next week. The demolitions should be complete by the end of the year.
Recent Examples on the Web If violations are found, the commission orders the property owner to comply with applicable laws and ordinances, including relocation of occupants, repair, or demolition. Kamal Morgan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Apr. 2024 Intermittent closures are expected on northbound U.S. Highway 169 from 5th Street to Richards Road, as the demolition is scheduled to take place sometime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The demolition will not be open to the public for safety reasons, but videos will be available. Andrea Klick, Kansas City Star, 2 Apr. 2024 Federal law forbids all minors from working in jobs deemed hazardous, including those in manufacturing, roofing, meatpacking and demolition. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024 Weiman says if Palestinians do build, their structures are then subject to demolition by Israel. Eleanor Beardsley, NPR, 23 Mar. 2024 For some Crossroads businesses, that negative stuff includes the demolition of their buildings. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 29 Mar. 2024 The Border Patrol declined to comment on the reasons behind the demolition. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Mar. 2024 The City Council voted to allow the demolition of a century-old building in L.A.’s Westlake neighborhood, known as a Jewish landmark and the heart of labor organizing in the city. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2024 The proposal requires the demolition of some commercial buildings on the 0.8-acre site. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History


borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin dēmōlītiōn-, dēmōlītiō, from dēmōlīrī "to throw down, pull down, demolish" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of demolition was in 1549

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“Demolition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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de·​mo·​li·​tion ˌdem-ə-ˈlish-ən How to pronounce demolition (audio)
: the act of demolishing
especially : destruction by means of explosives

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