Definition of destruction in English:


Line breaks: de|struc¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɪˈstrʌkʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
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 destruction
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  • 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 life
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  • 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 destruction
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  • 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).

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