Demolish and Destroy


Demolish verb - To destroy (as a building) completely by knocking down or breaking to pieces.
Usage example: developers demolished the old warehouse to make room for the new shopping mall

Destroy is a synonym for demolish in ruin topic. In some cases you can use "Destroy" instead a verb "Demolish", when it comes to topics like knock down, activity, help, flatten. popular alternative

Nearby Words: demolition, demolishing


Destroy verb - To bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of.
Usage example: their poor scores on the final exam destroyed any chance they might have had to pass the course

Demolish is a synonym for destroy in ruin topic. You can use "Demolish" instead a verb "Destroy", if it concerns topics such as activity, help, lick, wreck. informal substitute

Nearby Words: destroyed, destroyer, destroying

Common collocations

life demolish life destroy life
people demolish people destroy people
civilization demolish civilization destroy civilization
system demolish system destroy system
Other words: station, base, army, village, house, earth, world, building, fleet, planet, anyone, city, forces, enemies, buildings, planets.
Cite this Source
Destroy and Demolish. (2016). Retrieved 2022, June 28, from
Demolish & Destroy. N.p., 2016. Web. 28 Jun. 2022. <>.
Destroy or Demolish. 2016. Accessed June 28, 2022.
Google Ngram Viewer shows how "demolish" and "destroy" have occurred on timeline