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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
Recent Examples on the Web Biden’s most difficult challenge will be putting them back together after four years of ruination, and Becerra’s will be to bring professional management back to Health and Human Services. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The attacks on Becerra as Biden’s HHS nominee are amazingly dishonest. Here’s why," 15 Dec. 2020 The death of the tree stands in for the ruination of the earth by capitalism and industrialization. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung,” in a Detroit Parking Garage," 26 Oct. 2020 With that would come the ruination of many individual lives as well. Agya K. Aning, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bay View's Honeypie, other independent restaurants want customers to help lobby for aid from Congress," 5 Aug. 2020 America would be wise to help reverse the ruination of the natural world, a process that continues to shunt animal diseases into human bodies. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How the Pandemic Defeated America," 3 Aug. 2020 But this spring, amid the stay home order during the coronavirus pandemic, the rodent ruination to engines has been exceptionally high in some places. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Unusual rodent engine problem has suddenly become 'super common'," 9 June 2020 Fleeing from ruination is not simply a matter of movement, either. Robin George Andrews, The Atlantic, "What Happens If a ‘Big One’ Strikes During the Pandemic?," 9 May 2020 Neighbors had formed a vociferous nonprofit called Save Lafayette, which opposed both the 315-apartment idea and the 44-house compromise on grounds from view-ruination to carcinogenic construction dust. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build Build," 13 Feb. 2020 For his complete lack of sins, he is punished with an infinity of ruination. Darren Franich,, "Ten years later, Lost's most tantalizing mysteries are still 'Across the Sea'," 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of ruination

1599, in the meaning defined above

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24 Dec 2020

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“Ruination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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formal : the act or process of destroying something

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