Meaning of destruction in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈstrʌkʃ(ə)n/

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mass noun
  • 1The action or process of causing so much damage to something that it no longer exists or cannot be repaired.

    ‘the destruction of the rainforest’
    • ‘the avalanche left a trail of destruction’
    • ‘What cosmic, mystical reason could there be for such evil and ugliness and destruction to exist?’
    • ‘Aerial TV footage showed a tornado-carved path of destruction, with serious damage to dozens more homes.’
    • ‘The destruction of 4 of these would have caused a lot more long term damage and destruction to their country.’
    • ‘So they went around the house trying to use their wits to outdo each other to cause damage and destruction hitherto unseen.’
    • ‘There is no reverse gear there, and there's nobody in the future can come back and undo the damage and destruction.’
    • ‘Then again, the damage and destruction is what we're all afraid of in the first place right?’
    • ‘New technologies may also be developed to prevent destruction and damage to public sculptures.’
    • ‘Those already sold are to be recalled for repair, replacement or destruction.’
    • ‘The full scale of casualties, damage and destruction is still unclear, but I fear it won't be pretty.’
    • ‘Do you realise how much damage and destruction you are causing to other people's property?’
    • ‘The single mum-of-three never knows if she will wake up to yet more damage and destruction on her doorstep.’
    • ‘Similarly, it makes sense to insure your property against damage or destruction.’
    • ‘More than 40 shop windows were damaged after vandals went on a trail of destruction in Southchurch Road, Southend.’
    • ‘They left a trail of destruction in their wake and caused thousands of pounds of damage during the spate of burglaries of homes and shops.’
    • ‘This time, they left a trail of destruction, with windows smashed and doors damaged.’
    • ‘He said the damage and destruction in downtown Punta Gorda took his breath away.’
    • ‘The lessee is to be responsible for insuring the premises against damage or destruction by fire.’
    • ‘Damage and destruction of a protected plant is only illegal if it is intentional.’
    • ‘Militant anarchists intent on violence broke away from peaceful demonstrators and left a trail of destruction.’
    • ‘Therefore, we, collectively, are subsidizing the destruction of our own environment.’
    demolition, knocking down, pulling down, tearing down, levelling, razing, razing to the ground, felling, dismantling, breaking up, wrecking, ruination, smashing, shattering, blasting, blowing up, dynamiting, bombing, carpet bombing, torpedoing
    spoliation, devastation, spoiling, ruination, wrecking, blighting, marring, disfigurement, impairment, defacing, scarring, injury, harm, laying waste, desolation, ravaging
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    1. 1.1The action or process of killing or being killed.
      ‘the wanton destruction of human life’
      • ‘Now we know these acts of mass murder and destruction as genocide.’
      • ‘So they naturally carried big weapons designed for mass destruction.’
      • ‘Weapons of mass destruction aren't the issue, it's about global control.’
      • ‘Weapons of mass destruction were still nowhere to be found.’
      • ‘Weapons of mass destruction and chemical weapons had a lot of people worried.’
      • ‘Weapons of mass destruction are something that remain a focus of this operation.’
      • ‘Weapons of mass destruction are the only means by which they can hope to deter the United States.’
      • ‘Experts said that anthrax was a biological weapon capable of mass destruction.’
      • ‘The weapons were designed to cause massive destruction, killing millions.’
      • ‘They brought people to destruction, to be killed, to be annihilated, and the kapos were hated.’
      • ‘Rather it is the supporters of war who have to dehumanise and hate in order to justify wielding their mighty and murderous weapons of destruction.’
      • ‘Who'd have thought that our lives would bear witness to bioterrorism and mass destruction?’
      • ‘Opponents of the death penalty in no way condone McVeigh's crime of mass destruction.’
      • ‘This sudden destruction and damage to a people I feel so dearly for is a shock.’
      • ‘In his dream, he saw the Dark Lord's destruction at the hands of a Nyra.’
      • ‘The existing rules cited are designed to prevent the destruction of further embryos from which stem cells are extracted.’
      • ‘Sadly, society has become inured to the wholesale destruction of human embryos.’
      • ‘But none of this can ever justify the wanton destruction of innocent human lives by terror.’
      • ‘Last week we witnessed the wanton destruction of human life in Madrid.’
      annihilation, wiping out, obliteration, elimination, eradication, liquidation, extinction, finishing off, rooting out, extirpation
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    2. 1.2in singular A cause of someone's ruin.
      ‘gambling was his destruction’
      • ‘It was his destruction that he popularized his own philosophy.’
      • ‘They made her a goddess: that was her destruction.’
      • ‘Late nights and too much partying was my destruction.’
  • 2 rare count noun A group of wild cats.

    • ‘He'd even considered moving next door, but a destruction of wild cats had gained entrance.’


Middle English from Latin destructio(n-), from the verb destruere (see destroy).