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a. The act or process of destroying: The destruction of the house was completed in two days.
b. The condition of having been destroyed: Destruction from the tornado was extensive.
2. The cause or means of destroying: weapons that could prove to be the destruction of humankind.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēstrūctiō, dēstrūctiōn-, from dēstrūctus, past participle of dēstruere, to destroy; see destroy.]


1. the act of destroying or state of being destroyed; demolition
2. a cause of ruin or means of destroying
[C14: from Latin dēstructiō a pulling down; see destroy]


(dɪˈstrʌk ʃən)

1. the act of destroying.
2. the condition of being destroyed.
3. a cause or means of destroying.
[1275–1325; < Latin dēstructiō, derivative (with -tiō -tion) of dēstruere to destroy]


A type of adjustment for destroying a given target.


 of wildcats: a group of wildcats. See also dout.




  1. As killing as the canker to the rose —John Milton
  2. (Bones) breaking like hearts —Bin Ramke
  3. Break [a person’s spirit] like a biscuit —Beaumont and Fletcher
  4. Break like a bursting heart —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  5. Break like dead leaves —Richard Howard
  6. Cracked like parchment —Sin Ai
  7. Cracked like the ice in a frozen daiquiri —Anon
  8. (Her projects of happiness … ) crackled in the wind like dead boughs —Gustave Flaubert
  9. Crack like walnuts —Rita Mae Brown
  10. Crack like wishbones —Diane Ackerman
  11. Cracks … like a glass in which the contents turned to ice, and shiver it —Herman Melville
  12. [Fender and hood of a car] crumpled like tinfoil —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  13. Crushed like an empty beer can —Anon
  14. Crushed … like rats in a slate fall —Davis Grubb

    In Grubb’s novel, The Barefoot Man, the simile refers to miners who lost their lives.

  15. Crushed like rotten apples —William Shakespeare
  16. Crushed me like a grape —Carla Lane, British television sitcom, “Solo,” broadcast, May 19, 1987
  17. (And I’ll be) cut up like a pie —Irish ballad
  18. Destructive as moths in a woolens closet —Anon
  19. [Time’s malevolent effect on body] dragging him down like a bursting sack —Gerald Kersh
  20. (The Communists are) eating us away like an old fruit —Janet Flanner
  21. (Men) fade like leaves —Aristophanes
  22. Flattened her pitiful attempt like a locomotive running on a single track full steam ahead —Cornell Woolrich
  23. (Creditors ready to) gnaw him to bits … like maggots at work on a carcass —George Garrett
  24. The grass (at Shea Stadium) looked as if it had been attacked by animals that had not grazed for ages —Alex Yannis, New York Times, September 18, 1986

    Yannis, in reporting on the Mets’ winning the National League Eastern Division title, used the simile to describe the fans’ destruction of the playing field.

  25. If I do [give up] … I’ll be like a bullfighter gone horn-shy —Loren D. Estleman
  26. Like a divorce … goes ripping through our lives —Book jacket copy describing effect of Sharon Sheehe Stark’s novel, A Wrestling Season.
  27. Marked for annihilation like an orange scored for peeling —Yehuda Amichai
  28. My heroes [Chicago Cubs] had wilted like slugs —George F. Will
  29. Pollutes … like ratbite —William Alfred
  30. Self-destructing like a third-rate situation comedy —Warren T. Brookes, on Republican party, Wall Street Journal, July 15, 1986
  31. Shattered like a walnut shell —Charles Dickens

    In Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, the comparison refers to a broken wine cask.

  32. Shatter them like so much glass —Robert Louis Stevenson
  33. Shrivel up like some old straw broom —Joyce Carol Oates
  34. Snap like dry chicken bones —David Michael
  35. [Taut nerves] snap like guy wires in a tornado —Nardi Reeder Campion, New York Times r/raes/Op-Ed, January, 5, 1987
  36. (Then the illusion) snapped like a nest of threads —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  37. Snapped off [due to frailness] like celery —Lawrence Durrell
  38. (Who can accept that spirit can be) snuffed as finally as a flame —Barbara Lazear Ascher, New York Times 77mes/Hers, October 30, 1986
  39. They [free-spending wife and daughter] ate holes in me like Swiss cheese —Clifford Odets
  40. Wear out their lives, like old clothes —John Cheever
  41. Your destruction comes as a whirlwind —The Holy Bible /Proverbs
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.destruction - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer existsdestruction - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
ending, termination, conclusion - the act of ending something; "the termination of the agreement"
disaster - an act that has disastrous consequences
kill - the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile; "the pilot reported two kills during the mission"
laying waste, ruining, wrecking, ruination, ruin - destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
demolishing, tearing down, leveling, razing - complete destruction of a building
annihilation, obliteration - destruction by annihilating something
decimation - destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)
self-destruction - the act of destroying yourself; "his insistence was pure self-destruction"
neutralisation, neutralization - (euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)
sabotage - a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged
extermination, liquidation - the act of exterminating
holocaust - an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire); "a nuclear holocaust"
demolition - the act of demolishing
spoliation - (law) the intentional destruction of a document or an alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence
hooliganism, malicious mischief, vandalism - willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others
2.destruction - an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys somethingdestruction - an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
conclusion, ending, finish - event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
annihilation, disintegration - total destruction; "bomb tests resulted in the annihilation of the atoll"
eradication, obliteration - the complete destruction of every trace of something
ravage, depredation - (usually plural) a destructive action; "the ravages of time"; "the depredations of age and disease"
razing, wrecking - the event of a structure being completely demolished and leveled
ruination, ruin - an event that results in destruction
wrack, rack - the destruction or collapse of something; "wrack and ruin"
3.destruction - a final state; "he came to a bad end"; "the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end"
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"


1. ruin, havoc, wreckage, crushing, wrecking, shattering, undoing, demolition, devastation, annihilation, ruination the extensive destruction caused by the rioters
2. massacre, overwhelming, slaughter, overthrow, extinction, end, downfall, liquidation, obliteration, extermination, annihilation, eradication Our objective was the destruction of the enemy forces.
3. slaughter, slaughtering, putting down, termination, extermination, putting to sleep the destruction of animals infected with foot-and-mouth disease


1. The act of destroying or state of being destroyed:
2. An act, instance, or consequence of breaking:
3. Something that causes total loss or severe impairment, as of one's health, fortune, honor, or hopes:
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sự phá hủy


[dɪsˈtrʌkʃən] N
1. (gen) → destrucción f (fig) [of reputation] → destrucción f; [of person] → ruina f, perdición f
to test a machine to destructionsometer una máquina a pruebas límite
see also scene A2
2. (= ruins, damage) → destrozos mpl


[dɪˈstrʌkʃən] n
(= action) → destruction f
(= state) → anéantissement m


(= destroying, of town, building, hope) → Zerstörung f; (of enemy, people, insects, documents)Vernichtung f; (of reputation)Ruinierung f, → Zerstörung f; (of character, soul)Zerstörung f, → Zersetzung f
(= damage: caused by war, fire) → Verwüstung f, → Zerstörung f


[dɪsˈtrʌkʃn] n (gen) → distruzione f; (caused by war, fire) → danni mpl


(diˈstrakʃən) noun
1. the act or process of destroying or being destroyed. the destruction of the city.
2. the state of being destroyed; ruin. a scene of destruction.
desˈtructive (-tiv) adjective
1. causing or able to cause destruction. Small children can be very destructive.
2. (of criticism etc) pointing out faults etc without suggesting improvements.
deˈstructively adverb
deˈstructiveness noun


تَدْمِير zničení ødelæggelse Zerstörung καταστροφή destrucción tuho destruction uništenje distruzione 破壊 파괴 verwoesting ødeleggelse zniszczenie destruição разрушение förstörelse การทำลาย imha sự phá hủy 毁灭
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Nothing delighted you more than to have me tie my piece bags on your backs for burdens, give you hats and sticks and rolls of paper, and let you travel through the house from the cellar, which was the City of Destruction, up, up, to the housetop, where you had all the lovely things you could collect to make a Celestial City.
This was in reference to the golden idol having been overthrown and another set up in its place, an act which had caused the destruction of Kurzon.
Half the sky was chequered with black thunderheads, but all the west was luminous and clear: in the lightning flashes it looked like deep blue water, with the sheen of moonlight on it; and the mottled part of the sky was like marble pavement, like the quay of some splendid seacoast city, doomed to destruction.
Twenty times they thought the whirling eddies were sweeping them to destruction, when the masterhand of their pilot would bring the bows of the canoe to stem the rapid.
Death was preferable to captivity; and if taken by storm, we must inevitably be devoted to destruction.
within are shabby shelves, ranged round with old decanters, bottles, flasks; and in those jaws of swift destruction, like another cursed Jonah (by which name indeed they called him), bustles a little withered old man, who, for their money, dearly sells the sailors deliriums and death.
And though the other boats, unharmed, still hovered hard by; still they dared not pull into the eddy to strike, lest that should be the signal for the instant destruction of the jeopardized castaways, Ahab and all; nor in that case could they themselves hope to escape.
It was the same with Jurgis, who consigned the unfit to destruction, while going about all day sick at heart because of his poor old father, who was wandering somewhere in the yards begging for a chance to earn his bread.
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places, thou castedst them down to destruction.
Then had followed the news that the producer of this awful event was a stranger, a mighty magician at Arthur's court; that he could have blown out the sun like a candle, and was just going to do it when his mercy was purchased, and he then dissolved his enchantments, and was now recognized and honored as the man who had by his unaided might saved the globe from destruction and its peoples from extinction.
Lore (two syllables) was a water nymph who used to sit on a high rock called the Ley or Lei (pronounced like our word LIE) in the Rhine, and lure boatmen to destruction in a furious rapid which marred the channel at that spot.
I've had the will back only three months, and am already deep in debt again, and moving heaven and earth to save myself from exposure and destruction, with a reasonably fair show of getting the thing covered up if I'm let alone, and now this fiend has gone and found me out somehow or other.