ruinous

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

Definition of ruinous

2 : causing or tending to cause ruin

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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 The White House will release a $6 trillion budget plan amid complaints from the GOP about wasteful spending and ruinous debt, but their guy also added to the national debt big time. Sarah Hansen, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Known as the Maji Maji war, it was sparked by a German attempt to force the native population into plantation labor and is still remembered in part for the ruinous famine that swept the region in its aftermath. Washington Post, 28 May 2021 Toward the end of last year, Slate published an article about the concerted rebellion of tens of millions of Indian farmers and their allies against the ruinous agricultural policies of the Modi government. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, 26 May 2021 The two ransomware attacks have thrust cybercrime to the front of international attention in a way that a long list of previous ruinous attacks perhaps haven't. Alice Chambers, ABC News, 25 May 2021 The pandemic was economically ruinous for many cultural organizations. Adam Nagourney, New York Times, 12 May 2021 That would represent a ruinous burden for a health care system already reeling from too many patients and a shortage of crucial supplies like oxygen. Washington Post, 6 May 2021 Corrosive inequality was just the beginning of what appeared to be a litany of glaring market failures, like the inability to head off ruinous climate change or meet the enormous demand for affordable housing and health care. BostonGlobe.com, 2 May 2021 Production of raw materials like lithium, cobalt and nickel that are essential to these technologies are often ruinous to land, water, wildlife and people. New York Times, 6 May 2021

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First Known Use of ruinous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ruinous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruinous. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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ruinous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ruinous

formal
: causing or likely to cause damage or destruction
: costing far too much money
chiefly British, formal : falling apart : badly damaged

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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