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[roo-uh-ney-shuh n]
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  1. the act or state of ruining or the state of being ruined.
  2. something that ruins.
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Origin of ruination

First recorded in 1655–65; ruinate + -ion
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  1. the act of ruining or the state of being ruined
  2. 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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