Origin of destruct

First recorded in 1630–40; back formation from destruction
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Example sentences from the Web for destruct

  • The lucky ones launched careers; experts in the field they once sought to destruct.

  • He was actually risking his life—or so he believed—to prove that the child could not destruct a human being.

    When I Grow Up|Richard E. Lowe
  • You could have pushed the Destruct button and I'd never have known.

    Mother America|Sam McClatchie

British Dictionary definitions for destruct

/ (dɪˈstrʌkt) /


to destroy (one's own missile or rocket) for safety
(intr) (of a missile or rocket) to be destroyed, for safety, by those controlling it; self-destruct


the act of destructing


designed to be capable of destroying itself or the object, system, or installation containing itdestruct mechanism
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