What is the meaning of ruin?


  • An irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction.
    • usage: "you have brought ruin on this entire family"
  • A ruined building.
    • usage: "they explored several Roman ruins"
  • The process of becoming dilapidated.
  • An event that results in destruction.
  • Failure that results in a loss of position or reputation.
  • Destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined.


  • Destroy completely; damage irreparably.
    • usage: "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
  • Destroy or cause to fail.
    • usage: "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"
  • Reduce to bankruptcy.
    • usage: "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"
  • Reduce to ruins.
    • usage: "The country lay ruined after the war"
  • Deprive of virginity.
    • usage: "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village"
  • Fall into ruin. .
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