verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ruin
Examples from the Web for ruined
Sometimes the ads would get in the way of playing, and a perfectly lined up shot would be ruined.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The real hackers—whoever they may prove to be—had pulled off a feat: they ruined a Hollywood fete.
The guru Rampal is in custody after a deadly battle at his ruined ashram.Is India’s Fallen ‘God-Man’ So Different From a Megachurch Pastor?|Jay Michaelson|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, Cooke can never really bring himself to see Joplin as ruined by the limelight.
More, we may actually be seeking out and enjoying having ‘Game of Thrones’ ruined for us.
He would carry through this Linrock case; but even so, if he were not killed, his career would be ruined.The Rustlers of Pecos County|Zane Grey
He ruined us—us who were so happy before; and then, as Armand says, cast us away as instruments he had done with.The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
But for me, you would be lying dead at this minute and the Astrarium would be ruined.The Bill-Toppers|Andre Castaigne
Crops were just at the point where they would be ruined if left.A Little Girl in Old Pittsburg|Amanda M. Douglas
Though the policy of Walpole had ruined Jacobitism, it long remained unconscious of its ruin.History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)|John Richard Green
Word Origin for ruin
late 14c., "act of giving way and falling down," from Old French ruine "a collapse" (14c.), and directly from Latin ruina "a collapse, a rushing down, a tumbling down" (cf. Spanish ruina, Italian rovina), related to ruere "to rush, fall violently, collapse," from PIE *reue- "to smash, knock down, tear out, dig up" (see rough (adj.)). Meaning "complete destruction of anything" is from 1670s. Ruins "remains of a decayed building or town" is from mid-15c.; the same sense was in the Latin plural noun.
1580s (transitive), from ruin (n.). Intransitive sense "fall into ruin" is from c.1600. Financial sense is attested from 1660. Related: Ruined; ruining.
see rack and ruin.