Destroy and Ruin


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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

Ruin is a synonym for destroy in demolish topic. In some cases you can use "Ruin" instead a verb "Destroy", when it comes to topics like help, action, spoil, run. popular alternative
Nearby Words: destroyed, destroyer, destroying
Synonyms for Destroy


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Ruin verb – To bring destruction to (something) through violent action.
Usage example: tornadoes ruined a wide swath of the county

Destroy is a synonym for ruin in activity topic. You can use "Destroy" instead a verb "Ruin", if it concerns topics such as help, action, demolish, run. popular alternative
Nearby Words: ruined, ruination, ruinous, ruining, ruinously
Synonyms for Ruin

Common collocations

life destroy life ruin life
family destroy family ruin family
reputation destroy reputation ruin reputation
career destroy career ruin career
Other nouns: world, kingdom, everyone, lives.

Both words in one sentence

  • Series / Twin Peaks At times, it feels like half of the town is constantly working to ruin or destroy someone else.
  • Her plan is to destroy and ruin the DWMA, but she is very thorough in making that possible.
  • Eaten's Name quest in Fallen London requires the player to utterly destroy and ruin their character repeatedly, even as the game itself repeatedly tells them to stop.
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