Definition of demolition in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɛməˈlɪʃn/


[mass noun]
1The action or process of demolishing or being demolished: the monument was saved from demolition
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  • Although the first phase of construction was declared complete, demolitions and razing continue around it.
  • With demolitions complete and piling under way, work is progressing on site to create the UK's highest living space.
  • ‘The scheme is on schedule and demolitions are almost complete,’ insisted Smith.
1.1 informal An overwhelming defeat: Ireland’s demolition of England
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  • Richard Wentworth and Ian Watkinson then performed a demolition job to send Earswick to their fifth defeat.



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  • After 1953, the only signs of life at the Clarkdale smelter were the demolitionists responsible for toppling the two smokestacks dominating the local skyline in the 1960s.
  • Siege is a team-based game type where players all choose a class of character (heavy weapons, demolitionist, Jedi, etc.) to play in an objective-based map.
  • Lissy was already a marine biologist and Peter was a special force demolitionist.


Mid 16th century: via French from Latin demolitio(n-), from the verb demoliri (see demolish).

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