undoing

[ uhn-doo-ing ]
/ ʌnˈdu ɪŋ /

noun

the reversing of what has been done; annulling.
a bringing to destruction, ruin, or disaster.
a cause of destruction or ruin.
the act of unfastening or loosing.
Psychiatry. an unconscious defense mechanism through which an attempt is made to reverse a psychologically unacceptable act by doing its opposite, usually repetitiously, in order to relieve anxiety.

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Origin of undoing

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at undo, -ing1

SYNONYMS FOR undoing

1 reversal, negation, thwarting.

OTHER WORDS FROM undoing

self-un·do·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for undoing

undoing
/ (ʌnˈduːɪŋ) /

noun

ruin; downfall
the cause of downfalldrink was his undoing
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