Definition of ruination in English:

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Pronunciation: /ruːɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action or fact of ruining someone or something or of being ruined: commercial malpractice causes the ruination of thousands of people
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  • Compared to the natural process of ruination, human destruction seems much more ferocious.
  • We could have stalled the ruination of thousands of small production units if we had paid heed to the plea of a level-playing field.
  • Play was his ruination - he once won £60,000 at a single gaming session, but lost it in a week.
1.1The state of being ruined: the headquarters fell into ruination
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  • What can it mean that people should live contentedly in the ruins of their own capital city, the ruination having been wrought not by war or natural disaster but by prolonged (and in my view deliberate) neglect?
  • They went on to build up Japan once more from ruination and became the puppeteers of Japan's political structure from their powerbase in the Jiyuto.
  • The first steps to ruination can be traced to the Russo-Japanese War.


Mid 17th century: from obsolete ruinate + -ion.

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