- to destroy or ruin (a building or other structure), especially on purpose; tear down; raze.
- to put an end to; destroy; explode: The results of his research demolished many theories.
- to lay waste to; ruin utterly: The fire demolished the area.
- Informal. to devour completely: We simply demolished that turkey.
Origin of demolish
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Examples from the Web for demolished
The libertarians know Goldwater got demolished in 1964, right?This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
The majority of the slabs that constituted the wall were demolished and used for highway gravel.What Happened to the Berlin Wall?
November 9, 2014
One shell blast in the middle of the courtyard has demolished the grey brick cobblestones.Inside the Gaza Schoolyard Massacre
July 26, 2014
They dug, demolished, and dismantled The Cathedral brick by brick, looking for the leftovers of Escobar's fortune.
Half of the second story has been demolished and replaced by a small memorial building in the shape of a cross.
Oh, haven't I demolished some of those German sharpshooters!My Double Life
It was a shell, which had demolished a chimney in the Rue Sainte-Barbe, near the citadel.The Downfall
When they shall have demolished everything they will have advanced greatly!Doctor Pascal
Cromwell demolished this castle after it fell into his hands.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
In 1841 the place was demolished, and the site transformed as we now see it.Hampstead and Marylebone
Geraldine Edith Mitton
- to tear down or break up (buildings, etc)
- to destroy; put an end to (an argument, etc)
- facetious to eat upshe demolished the whole cake!
Word Origin and History for demolished
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.