Synonyms of ruin in English:

ruin


See definition of ruin

noun

1‘these handsome red-brick buildings may now be saved from ruin’

SYNONYMS
disintegration, decay, disrepair, dilapidation, falling to pieces, decrepitude, ruination
destruction, devastation, damage, demolition, wreckage
ANTONYMS

reconstruction, preservation

2ruins‘the ruins of an ancient church’

SYNONYMS
remains, remnants, fragments, relics, remainder, rubble, debris, detritus, wreckage
wreck

3‘the situation was thought to spell electoral ruin for Labour’

SYNONYMS
downfall, collapse, defeat, overthrow, undoing, fall, failure, breakdown, break-up, disintegration, devastation, ruination
Waterloo
rare labefaction
ANTONYMS

triumph, success

4‘despite extra sales, many shopkeepers are facing ruin’

SYNONYMS
bankruptcy, insolvency, penury, poverty, destitution, impoverishment, indigence, beggary, financial failure
disaster, catastrophe, calamity
rare pauperism, pauperdom, mendicity
ANTONYMS

wealth, success


verb

1‘a confrontation now would ruin all my plans’

SYNONYMS
wreck, destroy, devastate, wreak havoc on, reduce to nothing, damage, spoil, mar, injure, blast, blight, smash, shatter, dash, torpedo, scotch, make a mess of, mess up
sabotage, poison
informal louse up, screw up, foul up, put the kibosh on, banjax, do for, blow a hole in, nix, queer
British informal scupper, cock up, dish, muller
Australian informal euchre, cruel
vulgar slang fuck up
archaic bring to naught
ANTONYMS

restore, save

2‘the bank's collapse was believed to have ruined nearly 2,000,000 people’

SYNONYMS
bankrupt, make bankrupt, cause to go bankrupt, make insolvent, impoverish, reduce to destitution, reduce to penury, bring to ruin, bring someone to their knees, wipe out, break, cripple
rare pauperize, beggar

3‘a country that was ruined by decades of civil war’

SYNONYMS
destroy, devastate, lay waste, leave in ruins, wreak havoc on, ravage, leave desolate
raze, demolish, blast, wreck, wipe out, flatten, level, crush
archaic waste
ANTONYMS

rebuild, repair


Phrases

    in ruins

    1‘today, the abbey is in ruins’


    SYNONYMS

    derelict, ruined, gone to rack and ruin, in disrepair, falling to pieces, falling apart, dilapidated, tumbledown, ramshackle, broken-down, decrepit, decaying, ruinous

    neglected, uncared-for

    ANTONYMS

    intact

    2‘he was a bitter man, his career in ruins’


    SYNONYMS

    destroyed, ruined, in pieces, in ashes, falling down about one's ears

    over, finished, at an end

    informal

    in tatters, in shreds, on the rocks, done for, toast

    ANTONYMS

    flourishing