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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.


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


Broader (hypernym)decay

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


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.


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.


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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