ruination

[roo-uh-ney-shuh n]

noun

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

Origin of ruination

First recorded in 1655–65; ruinate + -ion
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Examples from the Web for ruination

Contemporary Examples of ruination

  • Nazism left no stone unturned to bring about the ruination of Germany.

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    Baathism Can't Die Quickly Enough

    Justin Green

    September 20, 2012

  • It looks like the day after the election, the headlines will be Republican rout, Democrat ruination.

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    Don't Blow It, GOP!

    Mark McKinnon

    October 5, 2010

  • Sober or drunk: It looks like the day after the election, the headlines will be Republican rout, Democrat ruination.

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    Don't Blow It, GOP!

    Mark McKinnon

    October 5, 2010

  • And he bristles at the suggestion that he was the ruination of her career.

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    Brittany Death Suit

    Gerald Posner

    January 27, 2010

Historical Examples of ruination


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
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper