A decade ago, he found debris covered in high grass around a half-ruined 19th-century mansion.
But there—just ahead—was the end of the half-ruined framework.
“It has half-ruined the town already by its ugliness,” Spencer mused.
Tonight, to Mrs. Burton's eyes at least, the mission looked like a half-ruined palace of dreams.
We looked for half-ruined palaces and vine-covered, crumbling walls.
Windows filled with half-ruined tracery looked on to the garden with its trees and flowers.
There were assuredly no fortunes to be made out of the half-ruined mill.
He was looking away from her, studying the half-ruined, degraded Manor House spread out below them.
On their way they struck a half-ruined "City of the Gods," as Mbopo called it.
The old, half-ruined house was clearly reflected without a quiver in the water.
late 14c., "act of giving way and falling down," from Old French ruine "a collapse" (14c.), and directly from Latin ruina "a collapse, a rushing down, a tumbling down" (cf. Spanish ruina, Italian rovina), related to ruere "to rush, fall violently, collapse," from PIE *reue- "to smash, knock down, tear out, dig up" (see rough (adj.)). Meaning "complete destruction of anything" is from 1670s. Ruins "remains of a decayed building or town" is from mid-15c.; the same sense was in the Latin plural noun.
1580s (transitive), from ruin (n.). Intransitive sense "fall into ruin" is from c.1600. Financial sense is attested from 1660. Related: Ruined; ruining.