in ruins

Definition of in ruins

  1. :  destroyed with some pieces or parts remaining The building was/lay in ruins. —sometimes used figuratively After her death, the family was in ruins.

Word by Word Definitions

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  1. :  a falling down :  collapse

    :  physical, moral, economic, or social collapse

    :  the state of being ruined

  1. :  to reduce to ruins :  devastate

    :  to damage irreparably

    :  bankrupt, impoverish

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a brief usually trivial fact

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