Defeat and Ruin


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Defeat verb – To achieve a victory over.
Ruin is a synonym for defeat in overthrow topic. In some cases you can use "Ruin" instead the word "Defeat" as a verb or a noun, when it comes to topics like frustrate, event, destruction, thwart.
Nearby Words: defeated, defeating, defeatist, defeatism
Synonyms for Defeat


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Ruin verb – To bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of.
Usage example: a huge fire that ruined an entire city block

Defeat is a synonym for ruin in downfall topic. You can use "Defeat" instead the word "Ruin" as a noun or a verb, if it concerns topics such as event, destruction, destroy, devastate.
Nearby Words: ruined, ruination, ruinous, ruining, ruinously
Synonyms for Ruin

How words are described

glorious glorious defeat glorious ruin
complete complete defeat complete ruin
certain certain defeat certain ruin
utter utter defeat utter ruin
Other adjectives: total, powerful, real, massive, big, great, disastrous, ultimate, major, political, inevitable, imminent, eventual.

Common collocations

party defeat party ruin party
character defeat character ruin character
game defeat game ruin game
father defeat father ruin father

Both words in one sentence

  • Moment Killer To ruin a dramatic moment, in JLA/Avengers, Superman narrowly manages to defeat Thor.
    Source: Moment Killer
  • Tomes of Prophecy and Fate In Skyrim, you find one in an ancient Dwemer ruin, and reading it in the right place gives you a vision of the dragon Alduin's first defeat.
  • Literature / Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Collapsing Lair: Green Angel Tower collapses into ruin after the Storm King's defeat, symbolically representing the final eradication of the Sithi's ancient empire.
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