destruction

[ dih-struhk-shuh n ]
/ dɪˈstrʌk ʃən /

noun

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

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM destruction

non·de·struc·tion, nounpre·de·struc·tion, nounsem·i·de·struc·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for destruction

destruction
/ (dɪˈstrʌkʃən) /

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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