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 of ruinous from the Web
Predictably, these stylish tomboys were a grave source of worry to parents, educators, physicians and clergymen, who feared that sports and higher education would be ruinous.
Of course, in the real world, the coal industry continues to be dangerously unhealthy and environmentally ruinous.
Older voters also remember Labour’s tumultuous rule in the late 1970s, when Britain’s economy seemed to shudder to a halt amid ruinous labor strikes.
Just ruinous mismanagement that turned the collapse of prices for the country’s oil in 2015 into a national catastrophe.
Contrary to that ruinous Pioneer Peak experience, the world is not our personal toilet.
Mozambique's struggle against its Portuguese colonial masters spilled into a ruinous civil war that lasted for 20 years and engulfed the park.
Peasants face ruinous fines for minor offences, such as looking scruffy or refusing to dig communal ditches.
Boston’s deep cache of future picks would have kept that from being a ruinous turn of events, but being left without a new star or Fultz to show for his years of meticulous planning and flexibility would have made Ainge an easy punching bag.
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First Known Use of ruinous
Synonymscalamitous, cataclysmal (or cataclysmic), catastrophic, damning, destructive, disastrous, fateful, fatal, unfortunate
Related Wordsapocalyptic (also apocalyptical); hapless, ill-fated, ill-starred, luckless; adverse, baleful, baneful, damaging, deleterious, detrimental, evil, harmful, hurtful, ill, injurious, noxious, pernicious, prejudicial
Near Antonymsfluky (also flukey), fortuitous, fortunate, happy, lucky, providential; auspicious, bright, encouraging, fair, golden, heartening, hopeful, optimistic, promising, propitious, rose-colored, rosy, upbeat
RUINOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ruinous for English Language Learners
: causing or likely to cause damage or destruction
: costing far too much money
: falling apart : badly damaged
RUINOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of ruinous for Students
- a ruinous war
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