Definition of


  1. (noun, act) destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
  2. (noun, artifact) a ruined building
  3. (noun, event) failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
  4. (noun, event) an event that results in destruction
  5. (noun, process) the process of becoming dilapidated
  6. (noun, state) an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction
  7. (verb, change) fall into ruin
  8. (verb, contact) deprive of virginity
  9. (verb, contact) destroy completely; damage irreparably
    The tears ruined her make-up
  10. (verb, contact) reduce to ruins
  11. (verb, possession) reduce to bankruptcy
    The slump in the financial markets smashed him
  12. (verb, social) destroy or cause to fail

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Ruin

  1. late 14c., "act of giving way and falling down," from O.Fr. ruine, from L. ruina "a collapse" (cf. Sp. ruina, It. rovina), related to ruere "to rush, fall violently, collapse," of unknown origin. Meaning "complete destruction of anything" is from 1670s. The verb is first recorded 1580s, from the noun; financial sense is attested from 1660. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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