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demolish

[dih-mol-ish]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to destroy or ruin (a building or other structure), especially on purpose; tear down; raze.
  2. to put an end to; destroy; explode: The results of his research demolished many theories.
  3. to lay waste to; ruin utterly: The fire demolished the area.
  4. Informal. to devour completely: We simply demolished that turkey.
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Origin of demolish

1560–70; < Middle French démoliss-, stem of démolir < Latin dēmōlīrī to destroy, equivalent to dē- de- + mōlīrī to set in motion, struggle (mōl(ēs) mass, bulk + -īrī infinitive suffix)
Related formsde·mol·ish·er, nounde·mol·ish·ment, nounhalf-de·mol·ished, adjectiveun·de·mol·ished, adjective

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1. See destroy.
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  • Oh, haven't I demolished some of those German sharpshooters!

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • It was a shell, which had demolished a chimney in the Rue Sainte-Barbe, near the citadel.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • When they shall have demolished everything they will have advanced greatly!

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • Cromwell demolished this castle after it fell into his hands.

  • In 1841 the place was demolished, and the site transformed as we now see it.

    Hampstead and Marylebone

    Geraldine Edith Mitton


British Dictionary definitions for demolished

demolish

verb (tr)
  1. to tear down or break up (buildings, etc)
  2. to destroy; put an end to (an argument, etc)
  3. facetious to eat upshe demolished the whole cake!
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Derived Formsdemolisher, noundemolishment, noun

Word Origin

C16: from French démolir, from Latin dēmōlīrī to throw down, destroy, from de- + mōlīrī to strive, toil, construct, from mōles mass, bulk
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Word Origin and History for demolished

demolish

v.

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.

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