destruction

noun

de·​struc·​tion di-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce destruction (audio)
1
: the state or fact of being destroyed : ruin
scenes of death and destruction
the destruction of their careers
2
: the action or process of destroying something
the destruction of the building
3
: a destroying agency
Alcohol will be his destruction.

Examples of destruction in a Sentence

War results in death and widespread destruction. We are trying to save the building from destruction.
Recent Examples on the Web Should the mining authority approve the destruction plans, the forest owners will lodge a legal complaint, says René Schuster, an activist with the environmental group Green League. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune Europe, 9 July 2024 The high court overturned lower courts that said the law could be applied to interfering with Congress’s election certification session, finding instead that it could only be used to charge the corrupt impairment or destruction of evidence such as records or documents. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, 9 July 2024 Notch signaling has several important functions, including cell growth, cell differentiation, and apoptosis (cell destruction). Suchandrima Bhowmik, Health, 7 July 2024 If the character of a Palestinian state would be moderate, not militant, committed to the prosperity of its people, not to the destruction of its neighbors, then the likelihood of its creation would be far greater. Bret Stephens, The Mercury News, 6 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for destruction 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English destruccioun, from Anglo-French destruction, from Latin destruction-, destructio, from destruere — see destroy

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of destruction was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Destruction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/destruction. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

destruction

noun
de·​struc·​tion di-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce destruction (audio)
1
: the state or fact of being destroyed : ruin
2
: the action or process of destroying something

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