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 (dĕm′ə-lĭsh′ən, dē′mə-)
1. The act or process of wrecking or destroying, especially destruction by explosives.
2. demolitions Explosives, especially when designed or used as weapons.

[French démolition, from Latin dēmōlītiō, dēmōlītiōn-, from dēmōlīrī, to demolish; see demolish.]

dem′o·li′tion·ist n.
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Interpretation of Baraka's jazz poetics through this singular focus on the demolitionist strain of bop and hard bop obstructs critical perception of the raising impulse ("It's Nation Time"), rather than razing impulse, that also drives the early development of his bop performance poetics.
Army in the latter part of WWII, was trained as a parachute demolitionist and saw duty in the Philippines and Japan.
Before he fled to America and Broadway in 1935, Weill had been Brecht's fellow demolitionist and musical collaborator in Berlin's edgy twenties, the composer who made hypocrisy and greed dance to irony's lurching rhythms in The Threepenny Opera, Happy End and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.