ruination

noun

ru·​in·​a·​tion ˌrü-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce ruination (audio)

Examples of ruination in a Sentence

Water pollution is causing the ruination of the fishing industry. neglect and indifference have proved to be the ruination of more than one marriage
Recent Examples on the Web And then, boom, blackout and ruination reign as humans are picked off en masse by blind, sound-chasing monsters. Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire, 24 June 2024 Adventure Mode puts you into your maps two weeks after the ruination of your fortress; there's a real sense of impermanence to everything, which is probably good, considering your chances of getting out alive. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 17 Apr. 2024 After two and a half hellish years of total war and economic ruination, the secessionists sued for peace, and the conflict ended in 1970. Uzodinma Iweala, Foreign Affairs, 21 June 2022 Fire is to piers what water was to the Wicked Witch of the West — a ruination. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for ruination 

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ruination was in 1599

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“Ruination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruination. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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ruination

noun
ru·​in·​a·​tion ˌrü-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce ruination (audio)
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