- 1The action or process of causing so much damage to something that it no longer exists or cannot be repaired: the destruction of the rainforest the avalanche left a trail of destructionMore example sentences
demolition, knocking down, pulling down, tearing down, levelling, razing (to the ground), felling, dismantling, breaking up, wrecking, ruination, smashing, shattering, blasting, blowing up, dynamiting, bombing, torpedoingdevastation, spoiling, ruination, wrecking, blighting, marring, disfigurement, impairment, defacing, scarring, injury, harm, laying waste, desolation, ravaging• literary wasting
- What cosmic, mystical reason could there be for such evil and ugliness and destruction to exist?
- Aerial TV footage showed a tornado-carved path of destruction, with serious damage to dozens more homes.
- The destruction of 4 of these would have caused a lot more long term damage and destruction to their country.
- 1.1The action or process of killing or being killed: the wanton destruction of human lifeMore example sentences
annihilation, wiping out, obliteration, elimination, eradication, liquidation, extinction, finishing off, rooting out, extirpation; killing, slaughter, slaughtering, massacre, massacring, butchery, butchering, extermination, decimationNorth American • informal wasting
- Now we know these acts of mass murder and destruction as genocide.
- So they naturally carried big weapons designed for mass destruction.
- Weapons of mass destruction aren't the issue, it's about global control.
- 1.2 [in singular] A cause of someone’s ruin: gambling was his destructionMore example sentences
- It was his destruction that he popularized his own philosophy.
- They made her a goddess: that was her destruction.
- Late nights and too much partying was my destruction.
Middle English: from Latin destructio(n-), from the verb destruere (see destroy).