Origin of ruinous
Examples from the Web for ruinous
When the mines closed, decades of labor and planning were destroyed after half a life of ruinous work.
Apart from anything else, protectionism would be ruinous to developing countries.
I believe that the future of liberalism—and much else—depends on our overcoming this ruinous self-deception.Sam Harris On the Freedom to Offend an Imaginary God|Sam Harris|September 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
One Night in Paris In another era, a sex tape would have been ruinous to any aspiring starlet.
He sees the adventure as ruinous, both in terms of fiscal and foreign policy.
Below the fort, was a ruinous mill, in a gloomy dell, through which the river wended its silent course.An Englishman's Travels in America|John Benwell
If any more, therefore, be asked than 1000, it would be the most ruinous thing in the world for him to accept of the office.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2)|John Hill Burton
Broken archways, once part of the Appian Way, are made into substructures for ragged, ruinous modern houses.A Tramp's Notebook|Morley Roberts
For our bark there was no way but to return where the cargo came from, at a ruinous loss, too, of time and money.Voyage of the Liberdade|Captain Joshua Slocum
A sword was drawn, and the first blood shed in a long and ruinous war.Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)|Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for ruinous
Word Origin and History for ruinous
late 14c., "going to ruin," from Old French ruinos (Modern French ruineux) or directly from Latin ruinosus "tumbling down, going to ruin," from ruina (see ruin (n.)). Meaning "causing ruin" is from mid-15c. Related: Ruinously.