Eleven well-known speculators killed themselves, and many more were bankrupted.
One can easily imagine the Democratic ads: “Even Newt Gingrich said Romney robbed companies and bankrupted them.”
Strangely, none of these failed predictions have bankrupted the prophetic project.
It bankrupted him, compelling the marbles' sale to the museum.
The panic destroyed the railways and bankrupted the inhabitants.
Let me not have bankrupted myself for a trust thou wilt not give!
Any other industry than that of agriculture would have been bankrupted.
Many local unions had bankrupted themselves by paying large sick benefits.
The Iowa harvester factory failed in 1875 and bankrupted the state Grange.
If he hadn't run out of whitewash he would have bankrupted every boy in the village.
1560s, from Italian banca rotta, literally "a broken bench," from banca "moneylender's shop," literally "bench" (see bank (n.1)) + rotta "broken, defeated, interrupted" from (and remodeled on) Latin rupta, fem. past participle of rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)). "[S]o called from the habit of breaking the bench of bankrupts" [Klein]. Earlier in English as a noun, "bankrupt person" (1530s).
1550s, from bankrupt (adj.). Related: Bankrupted; bankrupting.