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: ruin, destruction
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annihilation, decimation, demolishment, demolition, desolation, destruction, devastation, extermination, extinction, havoc, loss, obliteration, ruin, wastage, wreckage
building, construction, erection, raising
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: the act or process of destroying something
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the setting in which something occurs
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