[ dih-struhk-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of destroying: wanton destruction of a town.

  2. the condition of being destroyed; demolition; annihilation.

  1. a cause or means of destroying.

Origin of destruction

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

synonym study For destruction

1. See ruin.

Other words from destruction

  • non·de·struc·tion, noun
  • pre·de·struc·tion, noun
  • sem·i·de·struc·tion, noun

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How to use destruction in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for destruction


/ (dɪˈstrʌkʃən) /

  1. the act of destroying or state of being destroyed; demolition

  2. a cause of ruin or means of destroying

Origin of destruction

C14: from Latin dēstructiō a pulling down; see destroy

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