verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- destroyer escort,
- destroying angel,
- destructive competition
Origin of destruct
Examples 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
"to destroy," 1958, probably a back-formation from destruction in the jargon of U.S. aerospace and defense workers to refer to deliberate destruction of a missile in flight by a friendly agent; popularized 1966 in form self-destruct in the voice-over at the beginning of popular TV spy drama "Mission Impossible." OED records an isolated use of destruct from 17c., in this case probably from Latin destruct-, past participle stem of destruere.