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destruct

[dih-struhkt] /dɪˈstrʌkt/
adjective
1.
serving or designed to destroy:
a destruct mechanism on a missile.
noun
2.
the act or process of intentional destruction:
One out of ten launchings ended in destructs.
verb (used with object)
3.
to destroy.
verb (used without object)
4.
to be destroyed.
Origin of destruct
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40; back formation from destruction
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  • You could have pushed the destruct button and I'd never have known.

    Mother America Sam McClatchie
  • He was actually risking his life—or so he believed—to prove that the child could not destruct a human being.

    When I Grow Up Richard E. Lowe
British Dictionary definitions for destruct

destruct

/dɪˈstrʌkt/
verb
1.
to destroy (one's own missile or rocket) for safety
2.
(intransitive) (of a missile or rocket) to be destroyed, for safety, by those controlling it; self-destruct
noun
3.
the act of destructing
adjective
4.
designed to be capable of destroying itself or the object, system, or installation containing it: destruct mechanism
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Word Origin and History for destruct
v.

"to destroy," 1958, probably a back-formation from destruction in the jargon of U.S. aerospace and defense workers to refer to deliberate destruction of a missile in flight by a friendly agent; popularized 1966 in form self-destruct in the voice-over at the beginning of popular TV spy drama "Mission Impossible." OED records an isolated use of destruct from 17c., in this case probably from Latin destruct-, past participle stem of destruere.

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