verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ruin
Examples from the Web for ruin
No, you are going to ruin any chance you have and give us a bad name.
As the abuse escalated, the abusive boyfriend threatened to ruin her career.Harsh Truths About Domestic Violence: Why Voicing Terrible Experiences Can Help Others|Lizzie Crocker|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is, in fact, because it did not ruin her career that Perry has been indicted.
Her arms strapped back, Lehmberg tells the officials “this erratic behavior is going to ruin my career.”
Knowing the bigger ending—that the world is going to end at the end no matter what—might ruin the tension for the reader.
“That is it which shall work my ruin,” saith Edith, a-laughing.Joyce Morrell's Harvest|Emily Sarah Holt
If this evil be masturbation, then they are on the direct road to ruin, as will be seen described further on.Plain Talks on Avoided Subjects|Henry Newell Guernsey
All is not gold that glitters; and many a fine lad has been led to his ruin ere now by following some headlong fancy of his own.Tom Tufton's Travels|Evelyn Everett-Green
There is no truth in the story that the Austrians neglected his education and connived at the ruin of his faculties.Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete|Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
I think you ought to be allowed to ruin yourself and accelerate the revolution in any absurd way which may seem best to you.A House-Party|Ouida
Word Origin for ruin
late 14c., "act of giving way and falling down," from Old French ruine "a collapse" (14c.), and directly from Latin ruina "a collapse, a rushing down, a tumbling down" (cf. Spanish ruina, Italian rovina), related to ruere "to rush, fall violently, collapse," from PIE *reue- "to smash, knock down, tear out, dig up" (see rough (adj.)). Meaning "complete destruction of anything" is from 1670s. Ruins "remains of a decayed building or town" is from mid-15c.; the same sense was in the Latin plural noun.
1580s (transitive), from ruin (n.). Intransitive sense "fall into ruin" is from c.1600. Financial sense is attested from 1660. Related: Ruined; ruining.
see rack and ruin.