destruction

noun
de·​struc·​tion | \ di-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce destruction (audio) \

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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Her Smell is an indie film about the self-destruction of a female rock star named Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "From Teen Spirit to A Star Is Born: What's With All the Movies About Pop Stars?," 19 Apr. 2019 Hoping to create rockets of exploration rather than destruction, von Braun proposed launching a satellite into space in 1954. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 There’s too much weight and content in the truth, as opposed to the kind of cotton-candy, weightless, pointless destruction, breakup thing that sells tabloids. Harper's BAZAAR, "Julia Roberts and Oprah Get Real About Facing Fears, Living Dreams, and the Magic of Getting Older," 11 Oct. 2018 And liberal reformers believed that by insuring people against some risks of creative destruction, welfare states would bolster democratic support for free markets. The Economist, "Capitalism needs a welfare state to survive," 12 July 2018 There’s no phony nihilist world destruction, no apocalyptic overkill. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp Has Stakes as Small as Its Superheroes But It’s Hard to Dislike," 3 July 2018 But, no one could have imagined the extent of the flooding, the destruction, the damage or how all of our lives would be affected. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Community invited to the Harvey Experience," 3 July 2018 Zayn—driven by a spirit that is part self-destruction, part self-preservation, part youthful punk contrarianism—actually has the balls to live that fantasy. Carrie Battan, GQ, "How Do You Explain Zayn?," 18 June 2018 One year and multiple investigations after Grenfell Tower’s destruction, the details of what happened and how, and who’s to blame, are still murky. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "A Year Has Passed Since the Grenfell Tower Fire. It Could Happen Again Anytime.," 14 June 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

noun

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 How to pronounce destruction (audio) \

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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