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Meaning of destruction by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English, from Old French destrucion, from Latin destructio .


    • IPA: /ˌdɪsˈtrʌkʃən/
    • Rhymes: -ʌkʃən


    destruction ( plural: destructions )

    1. The act of destroying .
      The destruction of the condemned building will take place at noon .
    2. The results of a destructive event .
      Amid the seemingly endless destruction, a single flower bloomed .

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Explanation of destruction by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists

    2. an event ( or the result of an event ) that completely destroys something

    3. a final state

    Definition of destruction by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Destruction n. [L. destructio: cf. F. destruction. See Destroy.]
      1. The act of destroying; a tearing down; a bringing to naught; subversion; demolition; ruin; slaying; devastation.

      The Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction. Esth. ix. 5.

      'Tis safer to be that which we destroy

      Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy. Shak.

      Destruction of venerable establishment. Hallam.

      2. The state of being destroyed, demolished, ruined, slain, or devastated.

      This town came to destruction. Chaucer.

      Thou castedst them down into destruction. Ps. lxxiii. 18.

      2. A destroying agency; a cause of ruin or of devastation; a destroyer.

      The destruction that wasteth at noonday. Ps. xci. 6.

      Syn. -- Demolition; subversion; overthrow; desolation; extirpation; extinction; devastation; downfall; extermination; havoc; ruin.