destruction

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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.

Examples of destruction in a Sentence

  1. War results in death and widespread destruction.

  2. We are trying to save the building from destruction.

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Origin and Etymology of destruction

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



DESTRUCTION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of destruction for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

destruction

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noun de·struc·tion \ di-ˈstrək-shən \

Definition of destruction for Students

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.

Word Root of destruction

The Latin word struere, meaning “to build,” and its form structus give us the root struct. Words from the Latin struere have something to do with building. A structure is something that was built, such as a house. To construct is to build by combining parts together. To obstruct is to build an obstacle that blocks a passage or path. Destruction is the process of taking apart something that was built.



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