Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[dih-struhk-shuh n] /dɪˈstrʌk ʃən/
the act of destroying:
wanton destruction of a town.
the condition of being destroyed; demolition; annihilation.
a cause or means of destroying.
Origin of destruction
1275-1325; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dēstructiōn- (stem of dēstructiō), equivalent to dēstruct(us) (past participle of dēstruere; see destroy) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nondestruction, noun
predestruction, noun
semidestruction, noun
1. See ruin. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for destruction
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • This time the Romans decided to be thorough in their work of destruction.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • The unfit brought in for strength are weakness and destruction.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • When the fire was vanquished, it had practically completed its work of destruction.

  • As for that precocious damsel, she would run no least risk of destruction by the satyr.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • All that fiendish cruelty and the demon of destruction could do was done.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for destruction


the act of destroying or state of being destroyed; demolition
a cause of ruin or means of destroying
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dēstructiō a pulling down; see destroy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for destruction

early 14c., from Old French destruction (12c.) and directly from Latin destructionem (nominative destructio) "a pulling down, destruction," from past participle stem of destruere "tear down" (see destroy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for destruction

Word Value for destruction

Scrabble Words With Friends