- ruins, the remains of a building, city, etc., that has been destroyed or that is in disrepair or a state of decay: We visited the ruins of ancient Greece.
- a destroyed or decayed building, town, etc.
- a fallen, wrecked, or decayed condition: The building fell to ruin.
- the downfall, decay, or destruction of anything.
- the complete loss of health, means, position, hope, or the like.
- something that causes a downfall or destruction; blight: Alcohol was his ruin.
- the downfall of a person; undoing: the ruin of Oedipus.
- a person as the wreck of his or her former self; ravaged individual.
- the act of causing destruction or a downfall.
- to reduce to ruin; devastate.
- to bring (a person, company, etc.) to financial ruin; bankrupt.
- to injure (a thing) irretrievably.
- to induce (a woman) to surrender her virginity; deflower.
- to fall into ruins; fall to pieces.
- to come to ruin.
Origin of ruin
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Examples from the Web for ruined
Sometimes the ads would get in the way of playing, and a perfectly lined up shot would be ruined.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
The real hackers—whoever they may prove to be—had pulled off a feat: they ruined a Hollywood fete.Sony Hack: A Dictator Move?
December 14, 2014
The guru Rampal is in custody after a deadly battle at his ruined ashram.Is India’s Fallen ‘God-Man’ So Different From a Megachurch Pastor?
November 21, 2014
However, Cooke can never really bring himself to see Joplin as ruined by the limelight.Janis Joplin’s Kozmic Blues
November 8, 2014
More, we may actually be seeking out and enjoying having ‘Game of Thrones’ ruined for us.Wait, We Actually LIKE Spoilers!?
October 16, 2014
Running the car into the shadow of a ruined house, I try to sleep.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The hot pursuit of the fugitive plunderers had ruined the day.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
She always says that she's at her best when she feels that I've ruined her life.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Along the southern face of the position there are no buildings which are not ruined.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
It is done—it cannot be undone: I am a weak, ruined, dishonoured wretch!Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
- destroyed or decayed building or town
- the state or condition of being destroyed or decayed
- loss of wealth, position, etc, or something that causes such loss; downfall
- something that is severely damagedhis life was a ruin
- a person who has suffered a downfall, bankruptcy, etc
- loss of value or usefulness
- archaic loss of her virginity by a woman outside marriage
- (tr) to bring to ruin; destroy
- (tr) to injure or spoilthe town has been ruined with tower blocks
- (intr) archaic, or poetic to fall into ruins; collapse
Word Origin and History for ruined
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.
Idioms and Phrases with ruined
see rack and ruin.