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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 The ruination of slavery was more than the infernal indignity of being owned like a mule or a plow., "“The Water Dancer” exudes that level of gravity. Coates, who first gained national prominence with his deftly written and researched article, “," 27 Sep. 2019 Coal mining was for years a bulwark against utter economic ruination, but regulation, a lengthy permitting process, and other factors both economic and geological pushed what remains of the region’s coal business away toward other communities. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The White Ghetto," 23 July 2019 Well aware of the baseball myth that Home Run Derby is where good swings go to die, Yelich has not hesitated to have fun with those predicting the ruination of the 2018 National League most valuable player. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Is Brewers' Christian Yelich worried about HR Derby ruining his swing? 'Not in the slightest.'," 4 July 2019 What Jarvis finds is a species that represents colonizers’ remorse, the need for mystery in a world of diminishing scale, and one more expression of industrial society’s ruination of the earth. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Here Be Tigers," 28 June 2018 The main — and only — character is 11 years old and is embodied by three adults, talking to a roomful of adults, telling us all about adult life, about greed and the ruination of the landscape of our world. Toby Zinman,, "'Red Bike' by Simpatico Theatre: Dreary outlook, tedious play," 11 June 2018 There are high school athletic associations from Alabama to California that will tell you IMG Academy is the ruination of prep sports. Joseph Goodman,, "Business is booming for controversial IMG Academy," 6 Feb. 2018 Delany reiterated under oath that day his belief that paying college athletes such as O'Bannon, who starred playing basketball at UCLA, would result in the ruination of college sports. Kevin B. Blackistone,, "Paying athletes would break college sports? Never before has that been more hypocritical," 14 Dec. 2017 But listening to it is its own ruination: Every lyrical turn and phrasing choice of Swift's is both bursting with vitality and inexorable in its creeping death. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "Why Taylor Swift's 'Ronan' Is Her Best Song Never to Appear on an Album: Critic's Take," 9 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of ruination

1599, in the meaning defined above

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“Ruination.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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formal : the act or process of destroying something

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