ruinous


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ru·in·ous

 (ro͞o′ə-nəs)
adj.
1. Causing or apt to cause ruin; destructive: a ruinous habit; a ruinous rivalry.
2. Falling to ruin; dilapidated or decayed.

ru′in·ous·ly adv.
ru′in·ous·ness n.

ruinous

(ˈruːɪnəs)
adj
causing, tending to cause, or characterized by ruin or destruction: a ruinous course of action.
ˈruinously adv
ˈruinousness n

ru•in•ous

(ˈru ə nəs)

adj.
1. bringing or tending to bring ruin; destructive; disastrous: a ruinous war.
2. fallen into ruin; dilapidated.
3. extremely expensive.
[1350–1400; Middle English ruynouse < Latin ruīnōsus=ruīn(a) ruin + -ōsus -ous]
ru′in•ous•ly, adv.
ru′in•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ruinous - extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin; "a catastrophic depression"; "catastrophic illness"; "a ruinous course of action"
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"
2.ruinous - causing injury or blightruinous - causing injury or blight; especially affecting with sudden violence or plague or ruin; "the blasting effects of the intense cold on the budding fruit"; "the blasting force of the wind blowing sharp needles of sleet in our faces"; "a ruinous war"
destructive - causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"

ruinous

adjective
1. extravagant, crippling, outrageous, inflated, wasteful, extortionate, excessively high, immoderate the ruinous costs of the legal system
3. ruined, broken-down, derelict, ramshackle, dilapidated, in ruins, decrepit, tumbledown They passed by the ruinous building.

ruinous

adjective
2. Having the capability or effect of damaging irreparably:
3. Falling to ruin:
Translations

ruinous

[ˈruːɪnəs] ADJruinoso

ruinous

[ˈruːɪnəs] adjruineux/euse

ruinous

adj (financially) → ruinös; priceextrem; to be in a ruinous state or in ruinous condition (building) → verfallen or baufällig sein

ruinous

[ˈruːɪnəs] adj (expensive) → costoso/a
References in classic literature ?
Out of the open country, in again among ruinous buildings, solitary farms, dye-works, tanneries, and the like, cottages in twos and threes, avenues of leafless trees.
When they had reached the little moonlight glade, having in front the reverend, though ruinous chapel, and the rude hermitage, so well suited to ascetic devotion, Wamba whispered to Gurth,
This old stone tower was very massive -- and rather ruinous, too, for it was Roman, and four hundred years old.
So this oddly composed little social party used to assemble under the ruinous arbor.
The first part of her lewd life with the young gentleman at Colchester has so many happy turns given it to expose the crime, and warn all whose circumstances are adapted to it, of the ruinous end of such things, and the foolish, thoughtless, and abhorred conduct of both the parties, that it abundantly atones for all the lively description she gives of her folly and wickedness.
"If the Prince had not a temper, and if they were not playing for such ruinous points, I would entertain them all with these delightful confidences.
In August he was at Smolensk and thought only of how to advance farther, though as we now see that advance was evidently ruinous to him.
These are the five besetting sins of a general, ruinous to the conduct of war.
What is the ruinous discount which Mordecai, the broker, gets from poor Woebegone, the bankrupt, on a loan to keep Woebegone's family from starvation; what is that ruinous discount but a Fast-Fish?
I suspect that the strongest proof of their existence was the gloomy and ruinous look of the house, which was one of the oldest in the village, and the only one that was for rent there.
The longer the war, the more ruinous the burden which your country and mine will have to bear."
It was before this ruinous building that the worthy couple paused, as the first peal of distant thunder reverberated in the air, and the rain commenced pouring violently down.