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Meaning & Definition of Ruin in English

English

Ruin

/ruən/

noun

1. An irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction

  • "You have brought ruin on this entire family"
    synonym:
  • ruin
  • ,
  • ruination

2. A ruined building

  • "They explored several roman ruins"
    synonym:
  • ruin

3. The process of becoming dilapidated

    synonym:
  • dilapidation
  • ,
  • ruin

4. An event that results in destruction

    synonym:
  • ruin
  • ,
  • ruination

5. Failure that results in a loss of position or reputation

    synonym:
  • downfall
  • ,
  • ruin
  • ,
  • ruination

6. Destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined

    synonym:
  • laying waste
  • ,
  • ruin
  • ,
  • ruining
  • ,
  • ruination
  • ,
  • wrecking

verb

1. Destroy completely

  • Damage irreparably
  • "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"
  • "The tears ruined her make-up"
    synonym:
  • destroy
  • ,
  • ruin

2. Destroy or cause to fail

  • "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"
    synonym:
  • ruin

3. Reduce to bankruptcy

  • "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"
  • "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"
    synonym:
  • bankrupt
  • ,
  • ruin
  • ,
  • break
  • ,
  • smash

4. Reduce to ruins

  • "The country lay ruined after the war"
    synonym:
  • ruin

5. Deprive of virginity

  • "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village"
    synonym:
  • deflower
  • ,
  • ruin

6. Fall into ruin

    synonym:
  • ruin

Examples of using

The frost will ruin the crop.
Just being in Tom's company is enough to ruin Mary's reputation.
I ruin everything I get my bony hands on.