- to destroy or ruin (a building or other structure), especially on purpose; tear down; raze.
- to put an end to; destroy; explode: The results of his research demolished many theories.
- to lay waste to; ruin utterly: The fire demolished the area.
- Informal. to devour completely: We simply demolished that turkey.
Origin of demolish
1560–70; < Middle French démoliss-, stem of démolir < Latin dēmōlīrī to destroy, equivalent to dē- de- + mōlīrī to set in motion, struggle (mōl(ēs) mass, bulk + -īrī infinitive suffix)
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1. level, wreck, bulldoze.
1. See destroy.
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Examples from the Web for demolishment
From 1381 the year of its demolishment until 1509 it was little more than a ruin.Nooks and Corners of Old London
He addressed himself to the demolishment of a ripe Cassaba melon.The Happy End
But he was thinking of the Jago as it had been—he had forgotten the demolishment.A Child of the Jago
On the corner of this street was a most charming old façade in process of demolishment, which we deplored.Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders
George Wharton Edwards
- to tear down or break up (buildings, etc)
- to destroy; put an end to (an argument, etc)
- facetious to eat upshe demolished the whole cake!
C16: from French démolir, from Latin dēmōlīrī to throw down, destroy, from de- + mōlīrī to strive, toil, construct, from mōles mass, bulk
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Word Origin and History for demolishment
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