- destroying angel,
- destructive competition,
- destructive distillation,
- destructive interference,
Origin of destructive
Examples from the Web for destructive
When we assign a primitive “not me” status to another individual or social group, it can—and does—take us down a destructive path.
It is difficult to overstate how destructive the practice of dismembering ancient and medieval books is.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts|Candida Moss|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is no doubt that meth is destructive, and a clampdown is justified.Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East's Favorite Drug|Brendon Hong|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You are hooked on something life-giving instead of destructive.
Heavy rain led to destructive flash floods throughout the Phoenix, Arizona area Monday morning.
No destructive restoration has ever chipped away the time stain of centuries.How France Built Her Cathedrals|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
Its methods are the same, but its results, with a growing civilization are more painful and destructive to its victims.
There were autumnal fevers too, and a contagious and destructive throat-distemper,—diseases unwritten in medical hooks.Old News|Nathaniel Hawthorne
Toads are among the best friends the gardener has; for they live almost exclusively on the most destructive kinds of vermin.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
Meanwhile Mr. Ancrum was certainly astonished that any love affair should have had such a destructive volcanic power with the lad.The History of David Grieve|Mrs. Humphry Ward
late 15c., from Old French destructif (14c.), from Late Latin destructivus, from destruct-, past participle stem of Latin destruere (see destroy).