verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ruin
Synonyms for ruin
Antonyms for ruin
Related Words for ruinbankruptcy, wreckage, collapse, insolvency, wreck, extinction, demolition, destruction, mar, impoverish, overwhelm, injure, shatter, exhaust, demolish, crush, decimate, wrack, deplete, spoil
Examples from the Web for ruin
Contemporary Examples of ruin
No, you are going to ruin any chance you have and give us a bad name.The Resurrection of Kristen Stewart
October 11, 2014
As the abuse escalated, the abusive boyfriend threatened to ruin her career.Harsh Truths About Domestic Violence: Why Voicing Terrible Experiences Can Help Others
September 20, 2014
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.What Would You Do if the World Was Over?
August 5, 2014
Historical Examples of ruin
Were all the events of life combining to ruin or to save him?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
There is a grandeur in the ruin to be enjoyed, as well as a scene of beauty from its towers.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
To put it out of your power to ruin yourself is the only way left to prevent your ruin.
Until now there's a man that can squeeze and ruin me any day, and that's Merchant.Way of the Lawless
His early vow to ruin as many of the fair sex as he can get into his power.
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.