verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ruin
Examples from the Web for ruining
“I tell them they are ruining their life, but I will not refuse to do it,” Bensoussan said.
That is, TFA is neither a lever for dramatically improving or ruining U.S. public education.
Are we in danger, in the rush to legislate, of ruining the moment?Does California’s College Rape Bill Go Too Far In Regulating Sex?|Emma Woolf|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On day two, a flash flood occurred, damaging much of the filmmaking equipment and ruining the appearance of the location.
In this case, though, viewers have claimed Chu is ruining the game.How I Taught Arthur Chu to Be the ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Everyone Loves to Hate|Keith Williams|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He now went to Mass, and was furious with his father-in-law, who was ruining the family on account of Nana.A Zola Dictionary|J. G. Patterson
Yes, but the remedy does not consist in ruining one's own life.The Light Shines in Darkness|Leo Tolstoy
She was ruining the duke, getting rich accordingly, and waiting for me in Naples.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
It has ruined your daughter, and now it is ruining your grandson.The Battle Ground|Ellen Glasgow
I told her she had stolen Ben from me, and all for his money, and that she was ruining him, and that it would kill me.Justin Wingate, Ranchman|John H. Whitson
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.