verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ruin
Synonyms for ruin
Antonyms for ruin
Related Words for ruinsresidue, foundation, wreck, remains, detritus, rubble, ashes, debris, wreckage, destruction, remnants, relics, traces
Examples from the Web for ruins
Contemporary Examples of ruins
But so far, the lack of proven Roman artifacts or ruins in the town has raised suspicions.The Chinese Town Descended From Romans?
December 4, 2014
By the time villagers returned to the ruins of Khuzaa in early August, the Givatis had moved south.The Ghosts of Gaza: Israel’s Soldier Suicides
October 28, 2014
Neither Schwend nor Spitz maintained a low profile in the ruins of Munich and they soon attracted attention.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner
September 20, 2014
The ruins of an ancient town deep in the Kenyan forest have befuddled archaeologists and historians for decades.Kenya Has Its Own Machu Picchu—the Lost Town of Gedi
September 18, 2014
Amid the ruins of the house some things had escaped any harm: a Waterford crystal glass fruit bowl and the telephone.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive
August 3, 2014
Historical Examples of ruins
And the sacred "ordinance," with all other proprieties, was left in ruins that day.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It was at the home of the Lemballeuse, the family who lived in the ruins of the mill.The Dream
He leaves no permanent monument, no ruins of former greatness.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
But for some reason this town, also, died and left the ruins alone.Buried Cities, Part 2
There they sprouted and grew, and at last flowers and grass covered the ruins.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
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.