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1. often ruins
a. The state of being physically destroyed, collapsed, or decayed: The castle fell into ruin.
b. The state of being extensively harmed or damaged: Our vacation plans are in ruins.
c. Poverty of bankruptcy: Their decision brought the bank to ruin.
a. often ruins A destroyed, collapsed, or decayed building or other physical entity: the ruins of the old mill.
b. One that has been extensively damaged or harmed: He is a ruin of his former self.
3. A cause of destruction or irreparable harm or loss: Gambling will be his ruin.
tr.v. ru·ined, ru·in·ing, ru·ins
1. To cause (a building, for example) to be in a destroyed, collapsed, or decayed state.
a. To harm or damage the quality or value of (something) irreparably: A bad diet ruined his health.
b. To harm or damage the enjoyment or experience of (something) greatly: ruined the movie by talking throughout it; ruined the book by giving away the ending.
3. To reduce to poverty or bankruptcy: Bad loans ruined the banker.

[Middle English ruine, from Old French, from Latin ruīna, from ruere, to rush, collapse.]

ru′in·a·ble adj.
ru′in·er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ruiner - a person who destroys or ruins or lays waste toruiner - a person who destroys or ruins or lays waste to; "a destroyer of the environment"; "jealousy was his undoer"; "uprooters of gravestones"
annihilator - a total destroyer
bad person - a person who does harm to others
iconoclast, image breaker - a destroyer of images used in religious worship
diversionist, saboteur, wrecker - someone who commits sabotage or deliberately causes wrecks
vandal - someone who willfully destroys or defaces property
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References in classic literature ?
I observed Indian ruins in several parts of the Cordillera: the most perfect which I saw, were the Ruinas de Tambillos, in the Uspallata Pass.
Nao sendo ruinas historicas, no sentido estrito do termo, sua importancia nao diminui por isso, uma vez que sua historicidade reside na sua existencia como testemunhos de um processo de abandono tipico de exploracoes imobiliarias dos grandes centros urbanos.
RESUMO | Ruinas e espacos abandonados sao presencas ubiquas nas cidades contemporaneas.