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ruin

verb

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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

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2 to bring destruction to (something) through violent action
  • tornadoes ruined a wide swath of the county

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3 to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of
  • a huge fire that ruined an entire city block

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ruin

noun

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2 ruins plural the portion or bits of something left over or behind after it has been destroyed
  • the ruins of an abandoned abbey

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3 the inability to pay one's debts
  • the family faces ruin if the chief breadwinner doesn't find another job very soon

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  • solvency
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

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The first known use of ruin was in the 12th century

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“Ruin.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/ruin. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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