[roo-uh-ney-shuh n]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ruination



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



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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