verb (used with object)
Origin of demolish
Examples from the Web for demolish
Eri Hayward is cheerful, even as she drops verbal bombs that demolish mainstream conceptions about being transgender.Thank God! To the Church, This Transgender Woman Is Just a Skank|Emily Shire|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It will stir things up, but it will not begin to demolish the group.
They need to demolish their homes and round them up, the way they do it to our children.
The sale has hit some snags, but the lease also gives El-Gamel the right to demolish the building.
If you do not vacate the premises by 13 DEC 6PM, we reserve the right to demolish your premises without delay.Thousands of Students 'Evicted' in Pro-Palestine Solidarity Campaign|Orly Halpern|December 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He left standing the forts which he had intended to demolish and filled up the larger wells.Sir John French|Cecil Chisholm
Simon seized him by the hair with both hands and set to work to demolish his legs with kicks, while he bit his cheek ferociously.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume IV (of 8)|Guy de Maupassant
The houses of the town were far too near to the ramparts; but the Allies dared not demolish them until reinforcements arrived.William Pitt and the Great War|John Holland Rose
The captives were freed amidst great enthusiasm, and the people soon set to work to demolish the walls.An Introduction to the History of Western Europe|James Harvey Robinson
He might close the door, and demolish every one of us like Antar, the lover of Ibla; but he lets us live.Doctor Birch and His Young Friends|M. A. Titmarsh
British Dictionary definitions for demolish
Word Origin for demolish
Word Origin and History for demolish
1560s, from Middle French demoliss-, present participle stem of démolir "to destroy, tear down" (late 14c.), from Latin demoliri "tear down," from de- "down" (see de-) + moliri "build, construct," from moles (genitive molis) "massive structure" (see mole (n.3)). Related: Demolished; demolishing.