destruction

noun
de·struc·tion | \di-ˈstrək-shən \

Definition of destruction 

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.

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Examples of destruction in a Sentence

War results in death and widespread destruction. We are trying to save the building from destruction.

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In the days following his historic June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, President Donald Trump had announced that the return of the remains and the destruction of the missile facility had been completed or were in progress. Andrew Harnik And Matthew Lee, chicagotribune.com, "North Korea says talks with Secretary of State Pompeo were 'regrettable' and 'robber-like'," 7 July 2018 In the days following his historic June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, President Donald Trump had announced that the return of the remains and the destruction of the missile facility had been completed or were in progress. Andrew Harnik And Matthew Lee, BostonGlobe.com, "North Korea says talks with Pompeo were ‘regrettable’," 7 July 2018 Diane Richardson, spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff's Office, told the Independent that police received a call about 10:30 a.m. from the church about a public disturbance and destruction of church property. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "'All hell broke loose.' Priest throws family out of church before their mom's funeral," 2 July 2018 Police charged Hamilton with two misdemeanors — domestic violence in the presence of a child and intentional destruction of a telecommunication line. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Jury acquits former Idaho Democratic Party staffer of domestic battery," 15 June 2018 But destruction and degradation of rainforests drive extinction and threaten the plants and animals that live there. Alejandro Arteaga, National Geographic, "These 5 New Snake Species Suck Snails Out of Their Shells," 14 June 2018 The return of the remains and destruction of the nuclear site. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Read the full transcript of Trump’s North Korea summit press conference," 12 June 2018 Today, nuclear weapons are having a renaissance, again confronting news consumers with their duality as harbingers of destruction and champions of national security. Lovely Umayam, The New Republic, "The Nuclear Industry’s Winners and Losers," 31 May 2018 Da Ali G Show’’ in 2004 - gamely referring to weapons of mass destruction as BLTs, like the show’s host - told the site. Bethonie Butler, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s how Sacha Baron Cohen fools celebrities into embarrassing interviews, starting with ‘Da Ali G Show’," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of destruction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for destruction

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

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destruction

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English Language Learners Definition of destruction

: the act or process of damaging something so badly that it no longer exists or cannot be repaired : the act or process of destroying something

destruction

noun
de·struc·tion | \di-ˈstrək-shən \

Kids Definition of destruction

1 : the act or process of killing, ruining, or putting an end to something Destruction of the old building is underway.

2 : the state or fact of being killed, ruined, or brought to an end Destruction of the animal's habitat nearly caused its extinction.

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