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

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Water pollution is causing the ruination of the fishing industry. neglect and indifference have proved to be the ruination of more than one marriage
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First Known Use of ruination

1599, in the meaning defined above

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“Ruination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of ruination

: the act or process of destroying something


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