de·​mo·​li·​tion | \ ˌde-mə-ˈli-shən How to pronounce demolition (audio) , ˌdē-mə-\

Definition of demolition

1 : the act of demolishing especially : destruction in war by means of explosives
2 demolitions plural : explosives for destruction in war

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demolitionist \ -​ˈli-​sh(ə-​)nəst How to pronounce demolitionist (audio) \ 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.

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Many of them admire the jurisprudence of Justice Clarence Thomas, who has called for the demolition of a series of bedrock constitutional doctrines from the last 70 years., "How Trump could do the least damage with his Supreme Court pick," 7 July 2018 In February, my attention was drawn to Building 191, a shotgun-style edifice slated for demolition at the east end of Liberty Station. Logan Jenkins,, "Cliff-hanger update: 3 damsels no longer distressed," 2 July 2018 Some of the buildings are facing calls for demolition by the school district. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "These are the USA's 11 most endangered historic places," 26 June 2018 The tollway board will consider plans for the demolition at its Thursday meeting. Patrick M. O'connell,, "O’Hare tollway oasis bridge, one of a handful left, is set to come down," 23 June 2018 North Korea hosted a select group of foreign reporters last Thursday to witness the demolition of access tunnels at that test site. Claudia Rosett, WSJ, "Only Freedom Can Disarm Kim," 31 May 2018 While satellite images show some demolition at the site, there have been no irreversible changes, and there’s speculation that the North might not need the site anymore. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "North Korea’s ‘Nuclear Showdown’ Threat Shows Détente Could Quickly Fade," 24 May 2018 But Jones was hurt to hear the church applied for demolition on the basis that the homes were in bad shape. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "As Mesa temple begins redevelopment, renters in Mormon church-owned homes asked to leave," 11 May 2018 That year, citizens organized as Historic Boston Inc. to save the building from demolition, restore it and lease it to suitable tenants. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "On Freedom Trail: Paul Revere’s House, the Old North Church—and Burritos," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of demolition

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for demolition

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

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English Language Learners Definition of demolition

: deliberate destruction of a building or other structure


de·​mo·​li·​tion | \ ˌde-mə-ˈli-shən How to pronounce demolition (audio) \

Kids Definition of demolition

: the act of destroying by breaking apart especially using explosives

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an act or instance of returning to life

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