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shipwreck

noun

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1 the destruction or loss of a ship
  • the shipwreck of much of the Spanish Armada ended Spain's plans for invading England

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2 something that has failed
  • finally admitted that their marriage was a shipwreck and that the time had come to bail out

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shipwreck

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of shipwreck (Entry 2 of 2)

to cause irreparable damage to (a ship) by running aground or sinking
  • the yachtsman fell asleep at the wheel and shipwrecked his ketch on the rocks

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

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“Shipwreck.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/shipwreck. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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