ruinate

adjective
ru·​in·​ate | \ ˈrü-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce ruinate (audio) , -nət \

Definition of ruinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: brought to a state of ruin Tramping over the fields looking for the ruinate Thistlewood house was an experience I won't soon forget …— Richard B Sheridan

ruinate

verb
ru·​in·​ate | \ ˈrü-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce ruinate (audio) \
ruinated; ruinating; ruinates

Definition of ruinate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

archaic
: to damage or destroy (something) completely : ruin I will not ruinate my father's house, Who gave his blood to lime the stones together …— William Shakespeare I guess they'll ruinate the crops yet, and make the ground so everlasting foul …— Thomas Chandler Haliburton

First Known Use of ruinate

Adjective

circa 1538, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1547, in the meaning defined above

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“Ruinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruinate. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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