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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Recently, teens clashed with police at the Inner Harbor, with six being arrested for destruction of property and disorderly conduct. Giana Han, baltimoresun.com, "First Charm City Games, Olympic-style youth-sports competitions, coming to Baltimore in July," 5 June 2019 For a time, however, one of the star attractions at the Happiest Place on Earth was in part controlled by a device designed for nuclear destruction. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Disney Attraction Powered by Nuclear Weapons Tech," 16 Jan. 2019 The most likely culprit for the destruction is a volcano in the middle of the strait, Anak Krakatau. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Deadly Indonesian tsunami was not caused by an earthquake," 23 Dec. 2018 There have been hints that amyloids weren’t the toxic bad boys solely responsible for the destruction of vital brain circuits. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 The Woolsey Fire is apparently responsible for the destruction of Cyrus’s home, which is located in Malibu. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Loses Home to California Wildfires," 12 Nov. 2018 In quotes, of course, because the men who committed the misconduct in the first place bear sole responsibility for any destruction of lives as a result of that misconduct. Stephanie Dolgoff, Good Housekeeping, "Why We Have to Talk About What Happened in High School," 27 Sep. 2018 Documents on the city’s website, sanantonio.gov, show that it was marked early for destruction. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Small world southeast of downtown San Antonio fell to progress," 16 June 2018 Members of Hamas and Hezbollah are preparing to march in a parade in Berlin on June 9 calling for the destruction of the Jewish state. Eric Berger, Jewish Journal, "European Jews increasingly feel abandoned by government," 13 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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