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ruin

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of ruin

  1. 1 the state or fact of being rendered nonexistent, physically unsound, or useless a vicious bombardment that left the building in ruins Synonyms of ruin annihilation, decimation, demolishment, demolition, desolation, devastation, extermination, extinction, havoc, loss, mincemeat, obliteration, destruction, ruination, wastage, wreckageWords Related to ruin depredation, despoilment, despoliation; breakup, collapse, disintegration, dissolution; assassination, execution, killing, massacre, slaughter; dismantlement, effacement, eradicationNear Antonyms of ruin rescue, salvage, salvation, saving; conservation, preservation, protection; reclamation, reconstruction, re-creation, refurbishment, regeneracy, remodeling, renovation, restorationAntonyms of ruin building, construction, erection, raising

  2. 2 ruins pl  the portion or bits of something left over or behind after it has been destroyed the ruins of an abandoned abbey Synonyms of ruin ashes, debris, detritus, flotsam, residue, rubble, ruins, wreck, wreckageWords Related to ruin jetsam, leavings, remnant; chaff, deadwood, dross, dust, garbage, junk, litter, refuse, riffraff, rubbish, scrap, trash, waste

  3. 3 the inability to pay one's debts the family faces ruin if the chief breadwinner doesn't find another job very soon Synonyms of ruin bankruptcy, failure, insolvencyWords Related to ruin Chapter 11Antonyms of ruin solvency

  4. 4 something that is the cause of one's ultimate failure or loss of life the politician's eventual ruin would be a sexual indiscretion Synonyms of ruin death, destruction, downfall, ruination, undoingWords Related to ruin bane, curse, torment; Achilles' heel, tragic flaw


ruin

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of ruin

  1. 1 to cause to lose one's fortune and become unable to pay one's debts after he was ruined by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the industrialist was forced to sell his mansion and start all over again Synonyms of ruin bankrupt, break, bust Words Related to ruin beggar, impoverish, pauperize; reduce, straiten; clean (out), wipe out Near Antonyms of ruin enrich, richen

  2. 2 to bring destruction to (something) through violent action tornadoes ruined a wide swath of the county Synonyms of ruin destroy, devastate, ravage, scourgeWords Related to ruin despoil, foray, harry, loot, maraud, pillage, plunder, sack, strip; annihilate, desolate, eradicate, expunge, extinguish, extirpate, nuke, obliterate, rub out, shatter, smash, total, vaporize, waste, wipe out, wrack, wreck; decimate, mow; demolish, raze; crush, overpower, overrun, overthrow, overwhelmNear Antonyms of ruin recondition, recover, redeem, rehabilitate, restore; fix, mend, patch, repair, revamp

  3. 3 to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of a huge fire that ruined an entire city block Synonyms of ruin annihilate, cream, decimate, demolish, desolate, devastate, do in, extinguish, nuke, pull down, pulverize, raze, rub out, destroy, shatter, smash, tear down, total, vaporize, waste, wrack, wreckWords Related to ruin beat, best, clobber, conquer, crush, defeat, drub, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), rout, scotch, skunk, subdue, surmount, thrash, trim, triumph (over), trounce, wallop, whip, win (against); blast, blow up, break, cripple, damage, deface, deteriorate, disfigure, disintegrate, dissolve, dynamite, harm, impair, injure, mangle, mar, mutilate, spoil, vitiate; erode, scour, sweep (away), wash out, wear (away); dilapidate, disassemble, dismantle, gut, take down, unbuild, undo, unmake; blot out, efface, eradicate, expunge, exterminate, extirpate, liquidate, obliterate, remove, root (out), snuff (out), stamp (out), wipe out; despoil, havoc, loot, pillage, plunder, ravage, sack, trample, trash, vandalize; assassinate, butcher, cut down, dispatch, execute, fell, kill, kill off, massacre, mow (down), murder, slaughter, slay, take out, zapNear Antonyms of ruin doctor, fix, mend, patch, recondition, repair, revamp; create, invent; assemble, fabricate, fashion, forge, form, frame, make, manufacture, mold, produce, shape; bring about, constitute, establish, father, found, institute, organize; conserve, preserve, protect, save; rebuild, reconstruct, remodel, renovate, restoreAntonyms of ruin build, construct, erect, put up, raise, rear, set up


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