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de·stroy

 (dĭ-stroi′)
v. de·stroyed, de·stroy·ing, de·stroys
v.tr.
1. To break apart the structure of, render physically unusable, or cause to cease to exist as a distinguishable physical entity: The fire destroyed the library. The tumor was destroyed with a laser.
2. To put an end to; eliminate: "In crowded populations, poverty destroys the possibility of cleanliness" (George Bernard Shaw).
3. To render useless or ruin: felt that an overemphasis on theory had destroyed the study of literature.
4. To put to death; kill: destroy a rabid dog.
5. To subdue or defeat completely; crush: The rebel forces were destroyed in battle.
6. To cause emotional trauma to; devastate: The divorce destroyed him.
v.intr.
To be destructive; cause destruction: "Too much money destroys as surely as too little" (John Simon).

[Middle English destroien, from Old French destruire, from Vulgar Latin *dēstrūgere, back-formation from Latin dēstrūctus, past participle of dēstruere, to destroy : dē-, de- + struere, to pile up; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: destroy, raze, demolish, ruin, wreck
These verbs mean to cause the complete ruin or wreckage of something or someone. Destroy, raze, and demolish can all imply reduction to ruins or even complete obliteration: "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness" (Allen Ginsberg)."raze what was left of the city from the surface of the earth" (John Lothrop Motley).
The prosecutor demolished the opposition's argument. Ruin usually implies irretrievable harm but not necessarily total destruction: "You will ruin no more lives as you ruined mine" (Arthur Conan Doyle).
To wreck is to ruin in or as if in a violent collision: "The Boers had just wrecked a British military train" (Arnold Bennett).
When wreck is used in referring to the ruination of a person or of his or her hopes or reputation, it implies irreparable shattering: "Coleridge, poet and philosopher wrecked in a mist of opium" (Matthew Arnold).

destroy

(dɪˈstrɔɪ)
vb (mainly tr)
1. to ruin; spoil; render useless
2. to tear down or demolish; break up; raze
3. to put an end to; do away with; extinguish
4. to kill or annihilate
5. to crush, subdue, or defeat
6. (intr) to be destructive or cause destruction
[C13: from Old French destruire, from Latin dēstruere to pull down, from de- + struere to pile up, build]
deˈstroyable adj

de•stroy

(dɪˈstrɔɪ)

v.t.
1. to reduce (a thing) to useless fragments or a useless form, as by smashing or burning; injure beyond repair; demolish.
2. to put an end to; extinguish.
3. to kill; slay.
4. to render ineffective or useless; neutralize; invalidate.
5. to defeat completely.
v.i.
6. to engage in destruction.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French destruire]
de•stroy′a•ble, adj.
syn: destroy, demolish, raze imply completely ruining or doing away with something. To destroy is to reduce something to nothingness or to take away its powers so that restoration is impossible: Disease destroys tissues. To demolish is to destroy something organized or structured by smashing it to bits or tearing it down: The evidence demolished the attorney's case. To raze is to level a building or other structure to the ground: to raze a fortress.

destroy

spoilruin
1. 'destroy'

If you destroy something, you cause so much damage to it that it can no longer be used or it no longer exists.

Several apartment buildings were destroyed by the fire.
I destroyed the letter as soon as I had read it.
2. 'spoil' and 'ruin'

If someone or something prevents an experience from being enjoyable, don't say that they 'destroy' the experience. You say that they spoil it or ruin it.

The evening had been spoiled by their argument.
The weather had completely ruined their day.

destroy


Past participle: destroyed
Gerund: destroying

Imperative
destroy
destroy
Present
I destroy
you destroy
he/she/it destroys
we destroy
you destroy
they destroy
Preterite
I destroyed
you destroyed
he/she/it destroyed
we destroyed
you destroyed
they destroyed
Present Continuous
I am destroying
you are destroying
he/she/it is destroying
we are destroying
you are destroying
they are destroying
Present Perfect
I have destroyed
you have destroyed
he/she/it has destroyed
we have destroyed
you have destroyed
they have destroyed
Past Continuous
I was destroying
you were destroying
he/she/it was destroying
we were destroying
you were destroying
they were destroying
Past Perfect
I had destroyed
you had destroyed
he/she/it had destroyed
we had destroyed
you had destroyed
they had destroyed
Future
I will destroy
you will destroy
he/she/it will destroy
we will destroy
you will destroy
they will destroy
Future Perfect
I will have destroyed
you will have destroyed
he/she/it will have destroyed
we will have destroyed
you will have destroyed
they will have destroyed
Future Continuous
I will be destroying
you will be destroying
he/she/it will be destroying
we will be destroying
you will be destroying
they will be destroying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been destroying
you have been destroying
he/she/it has been destroying
we have been destroying
you have been destroying
they have been destroying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been destroying
you will have been destroying
he/she/it will have been destroying
we will have been destroying
you will have been destroying
they will have been destroying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been destroying
you had been destroying
he/she/it had been destroying
we had been destroying
you had been destroying
they had been destroying
Conditional
I would destroy
you would destroy
he/she/it would destroy
we would destroy
you would destroy
they would destroy
Past Conditional
I would have destroyed
you would have destroyed
he/she/it would have destroyed
we would have destroyed
you would have destroyed
they would have destroyed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.destroy - do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; "The fire destroyed the house"
kill - destroy a vitally essential quality of or in; "Eating artichokes kills the taste of all other foods"
do away with, eliminate, get rid of, extinguish - terminate, end, or take out; "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics"; "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs"; "eliminate my debts"
unmake, undo - deprive of certain characteristics
self-destroy, self-destruct - do away with oneself or itself; "The machine will self-destruct if you tamper with it"
destruct - destroy (one's own missile or rocket); "The engineers had to destruct the rocket for safety reasons"
end - put an end to; "The terrible news ended our hopes that he had survived"
fracture - interrupt, break, or destroy; "fracture the balance of power"
sweep away, wipe out - eliminate completely and without a trace; "The old values have been wiped out"
interdict - destroy by firepower, such as an enemy's line of communication
demolish, pulverise, pulverize - destroy completely; "the wrecking ball demolished the building"; "demolish your enemies"; "pulverize the rebellion before it gets out of hand"
break apart, disassemble, take apart, dismantle, break up - take apart into its constituent pieces
pull down, rase, raze, dismantle, tear down, level, take down - tear down so as to make flat with the ground; "The building was levelled"
extirpate, root out, uproot, eradicate, exterminate - destroy completely, as if down to the roots; "the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" "root out corruption"
dilapidate - bring into a condition of decay or partial ruin by neglect or misuse
demyelinate - destroy the myelin sheath of; "the disease demyelinated the nerve fibers"
2.destroy - destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
burn, burn down, fire - destroy by fire; "They burned the house and his diaries"
devastate, lay waste to, ravage, scourge, desolate, waste - cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
ravage, harry - make a pillaging or destructive raid on (a place), as in wartimes
break - find a flaw in; "break an alibi"; "break down a proof"
bust, break - ruin completely; "He busted my radio!"
vandalise, vandalize - destroy wantonly, as through acts of vandalism; "vandalize the park"
do a job on - destroy completely or make ugly or useless; "The dog did a job on my pillow"; "The seamstress did a job on my wedding gown"
subvert - destroy completely; "we must not let our civil liberties be subverted by the current crisis"
get - overcome or destroy; "The ice storm got my hibiscus"; "the cat got the goldfish"
devour - destroy completely; "Fire had devoured our home"
despoil, rape, plunder, violate, spoil - destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
explode - destroy by exploding; "The enemy exploded the bridge"
consume - destroy completely; "The fire consumed the building"
shipwreck - destroy a ship; "The vessel was shipwrecked"
bust up, wrack, wreck - smash or break forcefully; "The kid busted up the car"
kick down, kick in - open violently; "kick in the doors"
wash out - wear or destroy by the force of water; "The hail storms had washed out the bridges"
3.destroy - defeat soundly; "The home team demolished the visitors"
smash - overthrow or destroy (something considered evil or harmful); "The police smashed the drug ring after they were tipped off"
swallow - engulf and destroy; "The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries"
cut to ribbons - defeat totally; "We must cut the other team to ribbons!"
defeat, get the better of, overcome - win a victory over; "You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"
4.destroy - put (an animal) to death; "The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid"; "the sick cat had to be put down"
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"

destroy

verb
2. devastate, overwhelm, overpower, floor (informal), take aback, chagrin, nonplus, discompose Such criticism would have destroyed a more sensitive person.
3. slaughter, kill, put down, exterminate, put to sleep The horse had to be destroyed.
4. annihilate, wipe out, obliterate, erase, eradicate, extinguish, liquidate, root out, exterminate, nullify, extirpate, wipe from the face of the earth They could destroy the enemy in days rather than weeks.
5. defeat, beat, master, tank (slang), crush, overwhelm, conquer, overthrow, lick (informal), undo, subdue, rout, overpower, quell, trounce, clobber (slang), stuff (slang), vanquish, subjugate, run rings around (informal), wipe the floor with (informal), make mincemeat of (informal), pip at the post, outplay, blow out of the water (slang) The team destroyed their opponents in a one-sided game.

destroy

verb
1. To cause the complete ruin or wreckage of:
Slang: total.
2. To pull down or break up so that reconstruction is impossible:
Aerospace: destruct.
3. To cause the death of:
Slang: waste, zap.
4. To take the life of (a person or persons) unlawfully:
Informal: put away.
5. To impair severely something such as the spirit, health, or effectiveness of:
Translations
دمريُدَمِّرُيُدَمِّر، يُخَرِّب، يُحَطِّميَقْتُل
zničitničitzabít
ødelæggeaflivegøre det af medtilintetgøre
tuhotahävittäälopettaamurskata
uništiti
megsemmisítpusztít
eyîa, drepaeyîileggja
破壊する打ち壊す滅ぼす
파괴하다
eskadrinis minininkasnaikintisugriauti
iznīcinātizpostītsagraut
uničiti
förstörakrossamosanödslaktaspöa
ทำลาย
itlâf etmekmahvetmeköldürmekparçalamaktahrip etmek
phá hủy

destroy

[dɪsˈtrɔɪ] VT (gen) → destruir, destrozar; (= kill) → matar; [+ pet] → sacrificar; [+ vermin] → exterminar (fig) [+ relationship, hopes etc] → destrozar, acabar con
the factory was destroyed by a firela fábrica quedó destrozada or fue arrasada por un incendio

destroy

[dɪˈstrɔɪ] vt
(= smash) [+ building, weapons] → détruire
(= ruin) [+ economy, system, career, life] → détruire; [+ person] → anéantir
(= put an end to) [+ faith, confidence] → détruire
[+ evidence] → détruire
(= put down) [+ animal] → abattre

destroy

vt
(lit: = wreck, ruin) → zerstören; box, toy, watch etckaputt machen; documents, tracevernichten; to destroy oneselfsich zugrunde or zu Grunde richten; to be destroyed by firedurch Brand vernichtet werden
(= kill)vernichten; animaleinschläfern
(fig: = put an end to) → zerstören; influence, hopes, chanceszunichtemachen, vernichten; reputation, mood, beautyruinieren; moralszersetzen; to destroy somebodyjdn zugrunde or zu Grunde richten

destroy

[dɪsˈtrɔɪ] vt (gen) → distruggere; (kill, dangerous or diseased animal) → abbattere; (pet) → sopprimere; (vermin) → eliminare; (mood, appetite) → rovinare

destroy

(diˈstroi) verb
1. to put an end to or make useless; to ruin. Vandals destroyed the painting.
2. to kill (animals). This poison destroys rats.
deˈstroyer noun
a type of small fast warship. naval destroyers.

destroy

يُدَمِّرُ ničit ødelægge zerstören καταστρέφω destruir tuhota détruire uništiti distruggere 破壊する 파괴하다 verwoesten ødelegge zniszczyć destruir уничтожать förstöra ทำลาย yok etmek phá hủy 破坏

destroy

vt. destruir, aniquilar; arruinar.

destroy

vt destruir
References in classic literature ?
The vice and evil which is inherent in each is the destruction of each; and if this does not destroy them there is nothing else that will; for good certainly will not destroy them, nor again, that which is neither good nor evil.
Consider, I said, Glaucon, that even the badness of food, whether staleness, decomposition, or any other bad quality, when confined to the actual food, is not supposed to destroy the body; although, if the badness of food communicates corruption to the body, then we should say that the body has been destroyed by a corruption of itself, which is disease, brought on by this; but that the body, being one thing, can be destroyed by the badness of food, which is another, and which does not engender any natural infection-- this we shall absolutely deny?
We only try to destroy them, because we're spiritually provided for.
The number of humble-bees in any district depends in a great degree on the number of field-mice, which destroy their combs and nests; and Mr.
And he who becomes master of a city accustomed to freedom and does not destroy it, may expect to be destroyed by it, for in rebellion it has always the watchword of liberty and its ancient privileges as a rallying point, which neither time nor benefits will ever cause it to forget.
Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideals, show me something better, and I will follow you.
And at Rhodes the demagogues, by distributing of bribes, prevented the people from paying the trierarchs what was owing to them, who were obliged by the number of actions they were harassed with to conspire together and destroy the popular state.
Perhaps not," said the Scarecrow, "for we mean to destroy her.
Sun Tzu said: In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
They went away even before the battle of Borodino and still more rapidly after it, despite Rostopchin's calls to defend Moscow or the announcement of his intention to take the wonder-working icon of the Iberian Mother of God and go to fight, or of the balloons that were to destroy the French, and despite all the nonsense Rostopchin wrote in his broadsheets.
ought we not to fear and reverence him more than all the rest of the world: and if we desert him shall we not destroy and injure that principle in us which may be assumed to be improved by justice and deteriorated by injustice;--there is such a principle?
I had expected to live here in ease and comfort for many centuries," said Jack, dolefully; "but of course if the Nome King destroys everything in Oz I shall be destroyed too.