When the mines closed, decades of labor and planning were destroyed after half a life of ruinous work.
He sees the adventure as ruinous, both in terms of fiscal and foreign policy.
I believe that the future of liberalism—and much else—depends on our overcoming this ruinous self-deception.
Our ruinous trade deficit in energy is largely a failure of will, faulty regulation and lack of proper incentives.
Apart from anything else, protectionism would be ruinous to developing countries.
These two items alone make it ruinous for the owners to let the building stand idle for any lengthy period.
He had forgotten the ruinous condition of the Hotel de Poisson.
For unless you make it ruinous to the creditor for the credit to be given you will never stop it.
Was it really the truth they were following, or some false and ruinous shadow?
But the common vice of all these people is an attachment to games of chance, which they pursue with a ruinous avidity.
late 14c., "going to ruin," from Old French ruinos (Modern French ruineux) or directly from Latin ruinosus "tumbling down, going to ruin," from ruina (see ruin (n.)). Meaning "causing ruin" is from mid-15c. Related: Ruinously.