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English noun: ruin

1. ruin (state) an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction


SamplesYou have brought ruin on this entire family.


Synonymsruination


Broader (hypernym)desolation, devastation

2. ruin (artifact) a ruined building


SamplesThey explored several Roman ruins.


Broader (hypernym)building, edifice

3. ruin (process) the process of becoming dilapidated


Synonymsdilapidation


Broader (hypernym)decay

4. ruin (event) an event that results in destruction


Synonymsruination


Broader (hypernym)demolition, destruction, wipeout


Narrower (hyponym)desolation, devastation, shipwreck

5. ruin (event) failure that results in a loss of position or reputation


Synonymsdownfall, ruination


Broader (hypernym)failure


Narrower (hyponym)finish

6. ruin (act) destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined


Synonymslaying waste, ruination, ruining, wrecking


Broader (hypernym)destruction, devastation


English verb: ruin

1. ruin (contact) destroy completely; damage irreparably


SamplesYou have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!.
The tears ruined her make-up.


Synonymsdestroy


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)break, break, burn, burn down, bust, bust up, consume, desolate, despoil, devastate, devour, do a job on, explode, fire, get, harry, kick down, kick in, lay waste to, plunder, rape, ravage, ravage, scourge, shipwreck, spoil, subvert, vandalise, vandalize, violate, wash out, waste, wrack, wreck

2. ruin (social) destroy or cause to fail


SamplesThis behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart


Narrower (hyponym)break, shipwreck, undo

3. ruin (possession) reduce to bankruptcy


SamplesMy daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!.
The slump in the financial markets smashed him.


Synonymsbankrupt, break, smash


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)impoverish

4. ruin (contact) reduce to ruins


SamplesThe country lay ruined after the war.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)desolate, devastate, lay waste to, ravage, scourge, waste

5. ruin (contact) deprive of virginity


SamplesThis dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village.


Synonymsdeflower


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)copulate, couple, mate, pair

6. ruin (change) fall into ruin


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)crumble, decay, dilapidate









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