verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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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.
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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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Is ruin used correctly in the following sentence?
Unfortunately, this storm has ruined our plans to visit the ruins.
Example sentences 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
British Dictionary definitions for ruin
Derived forms of ruinruinable, adjectiveruiner, noun
Word Origin for ruin
Idioms and Phrases with ruin
see rack and ruin.