ruination

[roo-uh-ney-shuh n]

noun

the act or state of ruining or the state of being ruined.
something that ruins.

Nearby words

  1. ruhmkorff coil,
  2. ruhr,
  3. ruhr valley,
  4. ruin,
  5. ruinate,
  6. ruined,
  7. ruinous,
  8. ruinously,
  9. ruisdael,
  10. ruisdael, jacob van

Origin of ruination

First recorded in 1655–65; ruinate + -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for ruination

ruination

noun

the act of ruining or the state of being ruined
something that causes ruin
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Word Origin and History for ruination

ruination

n.

1660s, from verb ruinate "to go to ruin" (1540s), from Medieval Latin ruinatus, past participle of ruinare, from Latin ruina (see ruin (n.)).

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