destruction

[dih-struhk-shuh n]

noun

the act of destroying: wanton destruction of a town.
the condition of being destroyed; demolition; annihilation.
a cause or means of destroying.

Nearby words

  1. destroyer,
  2. destroyer escort,
  3. destroying angel,
  4. destruct,
  5. destructible,
  6. destructionist,
  7. destructive,
  8. destructive competition,
  9. destructive distillation,
  10. destructive interference

Origin of destruction

1275–1325; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dēstructiōn- (stem of dēstructiō), equivalent to dēstruct(us) (past participle of dēstruere; see destroy) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsnon·de·struc·tion, nounpre·de·struc·tion, nounsem·i·de·struc·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for destruction

destruction

noun

the act of destroying or state of being destroyed; demolition
a cause of ruin or means of destroying

Word Origin for destruction

C14: from Latin dēstructiō a pulling down; see destroy

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Word Origin and History for destruction

destruction

n.

early 14c., from Old French destruction (12c.) and directly from Latin destructionem (nominative destructio) "a pulling down, destruction," from past participle stem of destruere "tear down" (see destroy).

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