[ roo-uh-ney-shuhn ]
See synonyms for ruination on
  1. the act or state of ruining or the state of being ruined.

  2. something that ruins.

Origin of ruination

First recorded in 1655–65; ruinate + -ion

Words Nearby ruination Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ruination in a sentence

  • If the system of charging by time in place of piece-work is adopted it will mean ruination to many business-men.

  • Too many civilians mixed up in military affairs have nearly been the ruination of the United States during this Rebellion.

    With Sully into the Sioux Land | Joseph Mills Hanson
  • The worst you'd get would be a flogging; but it means ruination to the husband.

    The Inspector-General | Nicolay Gogol
  • Right here from somewhere in the impending clutter of nondescript ruination we heard many voices singing all together.

    The Glory of The Coming | Irvin S. Cobb
  • Carried to the last degree, it would mean ruination; for no provision is made for declines in the market, and resulting losses.

    All About Coffee | William H. Ukers

British Dictionary definitions for ruination


/ (ˌruːɪˈneɪʃən) /

  1. the act of ruining or the state of being ruined

  2. something that causes ruin

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012