Definitions for: Ruin


[n] destruction achieved by wrecking something
[n] a ruined building; "they explored several Roman ruins"
[n] failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
[n] an event that results in destruction
[n] the process of becoming dilapidated
[n] an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction; "you have brought ruin on this entire family"
[v] fall into ruin
[v] deprive of virginity; "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village"
[v] destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
[v] reduce to ruins; "The country lay ruined after the war"
[v] reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"
[v] destroy or cause to fail; "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ru"in, n. [OE. ruine, F. ruine, fr. L. ruina, fr. ruere,
rutum, to fall with violence, to rush or tumble down.]
1. The act of falling or tumbling down; fall. [Obs.] ``His
ruin startled the other steeds.'' --Chapman.

2. Such a change of anything as destroys it, or entirely
defeats its object, or unfits it for use; destruction;
overthrow; as, the ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of
a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or
hopes. ``Ruin seize thee, ruthless king!'' --Gray.

3. That which is fallen down and become worthless from injury
or decay; as, his mind is a ruin; especially, in the
plural, the remains of a destroyed, dilapidated, or
desolate house, fortress, city, or the like.

The Veian and the Gabian towers shall fall, And one
promiscuous ruin cover all; Nor, after length of
years, a stone betray The place where once the very
ruins lay. --Addison.

The labor of a day will not build up a virtuous
habit on the ruins of an old and vicious character.
--Buckminster.

4. The state of being dcayed, or of having become ruined or
worthless; as, to be in ruins; to go to ruin.

5. That which promotes injury, decay, or destruction.

The errors of young men are the ruin of business.
--Bacon.

Syn: Destruction; downfall; perdition; fall; overthrow;
subversion; defeat; bane; pest; mischief.


Ru"in, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ruined;p. pr. & vb. n.
Ruining.] [Cf. F. ruiner, LL. ruinare. See Ruin, n.]
To bring to ruin; to cause to fall to pieces and decay; to
make to perish; to bring to destruction; to bring to poverty
or bankruptcy; to impair seriously; to damage essentially; to
overthrow.

this mortal house I'll ruin. --Shak.

By thee raised, I ruin all my foes. --Milton.

The eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us.
--Franklin.

By the fireside there are old men seated, Seeling
ruined cities in the ashes. --Longfellow.


Ru"in, v. i.
To fall to ruins; to go to ruin; to become decayed or
dilapidated; to perish. [R.]

Though he his house of polished marble build, Yet shall
it ruin like the moth's frail cell. --Sandys.

If we are idle, and disturb the industrious in their
business, we shall ruin the faster. --Locke.

Synonyms: bankrupt, break, deflower, destroy, dilapidation, downfall, laying waste, ruination, ruination, ruination, ruining, wrecking

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