Eventually our problems with money destroyed our marriage.
All the files were deliberately destroyed.
The disease destroys the body's ability to fight off illness.
The bomb blast destroyed the village.
The dog had to be destroyed since its owner could not prevent it from attacking people.
Recent Examples on the WebThat election in 2006 occurred with full knowledge of the Hamas platform--to undermine the peace process, destroy Israel and exterminate the Jews.—Bradley Gitz, arkansasonline.com, 13 Nov. 2023 His antics have destroyed billions of dollars in shareholder value, alienated advertisers, and driven away users in droves.—Robert B. Tucker, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 In the 21st century, however, automation is not only destroying or devaluing working-class jobs, but those of people much further up the career pyramid.—Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 12 Nov. 2023 Our galaxy will eventually destroy two small nearby galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, which are screaming across space in our direction.—WIRED, 12 Nov. 2023 Nonstop aerial bombardment has destroyed entire neighborhoods and killed thousands of children; Israeli evacuation orders have forced hundreds of thousands into tent cities or overcrowded apartments far from home.—Boris Kachka, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2023 Seoul is destroyed, and maybe the rest of South Korea, too.—Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 11 Nov. 2023 And in time, the mainstream adoption of sending bots to meetings might destroy work relationships, hurt more vulnerable employees, and corrode office culture.—Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2023 Last week, an Israeli airstrike destroyed an ambulance near the hospital that the Israeli military said was being used to transport Hamas fighters.—Neil Collier, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French destroy-, destrui-, stem of destrure, from Vulgar Latin *destrugere, alteration of Latin destruere, from de- + struere to build — more at structure