ruinous

adjective
ru·​in·​ous | \ ˈrü-ə-nəs How to pronounce ruinous (audio) \

Definition of ruinous

2 : causing or tending to cause ruin

Other Words from ruinous

ruinously adverb
ruinousness noun

Examples of ruinous in a Sentence

The house has fallen into a ruinous state. a ruinous miscalculation of the financial markets left them bankrupt
Recent Examples on the Web Lopez pleaded guilty to robbing a male jogger that same night to avoid a more ruinous rape conviction. al, 25 July 2022 This could be ruinous to families, as costs get out of control. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 6 July 2022 If that information is abused, the financial, reputational and operational losses can be ruinous. James Legg, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Macron has accused Le Pen of pushing a dangerous manifesto of racist, ruinous policies. Sylvie Corbet, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2022 Macron has accused Le Pen of pushing a dangerous manifesto of racist, ruinous policies. Sylvie Corbet, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Apr. 2022 Macron has accused Le Pen of pushing an extremist manifesto of racist, ruinous policies. John Leicester And Thomas Adamson, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Apr. 2022 Macron has accused Le Pen of pushing an extremist manifesto of racist, ruinous policies. NBC News, 10 Apr. 2022 This is heritage for American politics, as society tends to render policy and slogans aimed to uplift Black people as de facto radical and thus politically ruinous. Anthony Conwright, The New Republic, 30 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ruinous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ruinous was in the 14th century

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4 Aug 2022

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“Ruinous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruinous. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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ruinous

adjective
ru·​in·​ous | \ ˈrü-ə-nəs How to pronounce ruinous (audio) \

Kids Definition of ruinous

: causing or likely to cause collapse or destruction a ruinous war

Other Words from ruinous

ruinously adverb

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