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What does ruin mean?
Ruin is most commonly used as a verb meaning to destroy or spoil.
As a noun, ruin means the remains of a destroyed or decayed place, especially a half-standing building or city. It is most commonly used in the plural, as in ancient ruins.
Example: I feel like the once-quiet atmosphere of the ancient ruins has been ruined by the presence of too many tourists and commercial vendors.
Where does ruin come from?
The first records of ruin in English come from around the 1300s. Ruin comes from the Latin ruīna, meaning “headlong rush, fall, or collapse.” Ruīna is equivalent to the Latin verb ru(ere), ”to fall.”
The ruins of a structure or town are what remains of it after it has fallen, collapsed, been destroyed, or been left unmaintained for a long time. The word is most often used in the context of ancient ruins like those in Greece and Rome. However, ruin can also be applied to more recently abandoned structures or towns, such as a derelict factory. It can also be applied in a metaphorical way, as in My life will be a ruin if I lose you.
As a verb, ruin can refer to the destruction of physical things, as in The earthquake ruined half the city. But it is also commonly used to refer to spoiling nonphysical things, as in If you two keep arguing, you’re going to ruin the birthday party! More specifically, it can mean “to bankrupt a person or wreck their finances,” as in A lot of people were ruined when the market crashed.
Ruin is often used in the phrase rack and ruin. Both words actually mean about the same thing—rack means “destruction,” and is a variant of the word wrack.
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What are some other forms related to ruin?
- ruins (plural)
- ruined (adjective)
- half-ruined (adjective)
- ruinable (adjective)
- nonruinable (adjective)
- ruiner (noun)
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How is ruin used in real life?
As a verb, ruin is commonly used to refer to the destruction of both physical and abstract things. As a noun, it’s most often used in the plural to refer to the remains of ancient civilizations.
There seems to be a v unhelpful narrative developing among some proponents of indiscriminate tree planting that those who question this are automatically anti-tree. We’re not: we just don’t think you can ignore existing habitat and ruin it by plonking trees on top.
— Issy Bryony Hardman (@issybryonyh) March 12, 2020
It's just a bad day, not a bad life. Don't let one day ruin everything for you.
— STOKED⚡ (@StokedDaily) March 11, 2020
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— Tripadvisor (@TripAdvisor) August 2, 2019
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Is ruin used correctly in the following sentence?
Unfortunately, this storm has ruined our plans to visit the ruins.
How to use ruin in a sentence
Slinking off to his room amid the ruins of his “collapsing life,” William knows he’s an international pariah, the poster man-child for infidelity.Ethan Hawke turns his acting experience — and past infidelities — into brilliant fiction|Ron Charles|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,make the community livable again.'We Must Have a Third Reconstruction.' Read the Full Text of the Rev. William J. Barber II's Sermon at the Inaugural Prayer Service|William J. Barber II|January 21, 2021|Time
I often point out how the ancient ruins are becoming more visible, but the girls couldn’t care less.Investors look to buck a four-week losing streak, sending global stocks higher|Bernhard Warner|September 28, 2020|Fortune
As I stood and stared at the vast ruins before me, I pressed play on my phone and found myself even more deeply transported.Travel Back in Time at Mesa Verde|Emily Pennington|September 27, 2020|Outside Online
The Fed doesn’t seem very interested in explaining why, for example, a country as rich as ours has so many people just one step away from financial ruin — as Mary Daly’s own family was.Fed Up (Ep. 390)|Stephen J. Dubner|September 26, 2019|Freakonomics
In the piece, Gladwell asked, “Should a charge of plagiarism ruin your life?”Malcolm Gladwell’s Plagiarism Problem|Lloyd Grove|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Scandal equals reputational, emotional and financial ruin—for all concerned.The Very Rich Should Divorce Very Quietly|Vicky Ward|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Only time will tell whether Mattel can save their premier toy from financial ruin.Barbie Is Out, Monster High Is In|Samantha Allen|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No, you are going to ruin any chance you have and give us a bad name.The Resurrection of Kristen Stewart|Marlow Stern|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One message was clear: Capitalism is causing environmental ruin and must be stopped to save the planet from devastation.Occupy Climate Change! Hundreds Blame Capitalism at Flood Wall Street Rally|Jacob Siegel|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You need but will, and it is done; but if you relax your efforts, you will be ruined; for ruin and recovery are both from within.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
Particularly was this the case with Davout, who since 1809 had suspected that Berthier desired to ruin his reputation.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Such a refusal would lead to quick enquiry—enquiry to information—information to want of confidence and speedy ruin.
De Castellor was now in his seat; and when Castanos came off; the Duke was stunned into stupor, overcome by the illimitable ruin.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
As for the ruin of any other party, the idea, by a very happy dispensation, never once occurred to him.
British Dictionary definitions for ruin
Derived forms of ruinruinable, adjectiveruiner, noun
Word Origin for ruin
Other Idioms and Phrases with ruin
see rack and ruin.